It is so easy to say I can't deal with this and send him packing. That only isn't a good situation for him but like you said, you might learn a lot helping him through this.
Again, it is just my opinion but I think what will eventually happen is his threshold for what he will tolerate before acting out will decrease. He will only tolerate so much and what happens is you two come to a disagreement and he starts acting out to get his way. Eventually he will begin acting out more and more and if you are ever out on the trail and have a disagreement, chances are that you will NEED him to cooperate.
The trainer I work with had a horse that would flip over backwards when pushed. She had went down with a rider a few times and everything checked out okay with her medically. The family was dedicated to her and sent her to the trainer. With extensive ground work and basically starting over, she never reared with the trainer and has never reared again with her owners. I believe your horse can be helped through this and encourage you to audit a few clinics and see how the clinicians work with the horses.
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