Well funny you mention it, he was actually talking about the German's and how they train and are able to go through horse after horse. He said over here it's very different, once you've brought a horse you HAVE to succeed with it or you'll be out of pocket and most of us can't afford to go and buy another one because the first doesn't work out.
If he was super pushy and 'beat the horse up' like a lot of the European trainers do, I guarantee Bob would have put him in hospital. He doesn't cope with being beaten up at all. Tor was great with him, very gradual with the work, and though he DID use his spur, Bob is a bit of a ******* to get off the leg so he use the spur to annoy him until he gave to it then he was left alone. Certainly no blood or broken skin - if Bob thought it was too tough there's no way he would have stood for it ;)
I'll definitely be going back to him, and as you know I'm a real stickler for correct but gentle and fair work in horses, so certainly wouldn't be going to him if I thought he was too rough :)