I started working with a new student and horse this weekend and this team has a special little twist. The rider is experienced and the horse used to live at my current barn.
As far as I know he was primarily a trail horse but he scared his previous owner. I don't know all the details but eventually she gave up riding or trying to sell him. Nothing worked for them.
He stood around at the barn for a while and several people tried to figure out what to do with him. Then he left and that was the last I knew.
Horses who have scared their owners into getting rid of them often have a dismal future. There are just too many unwanted horses in the world.
Well this one got VERY lucky. His new owner is not the least intimidated by him, enjoys him a lot and wants to progress with his training. He seems equally happy, trying hard and tuned into his rider. It is nice to see a happy ending.