OP, I am with you. You disclosed how he had been handled previously and what you expected to be done for the time he was there. Which was NOT unreasonable! You did the hard part, in my opinion, getting him haltered. You don't need 2 years of ground work to get a horse started and riding! The problem is that most "certified" trainers never have to deal with halter breaking a full grown untouched range horse. Most horses that get sent out to break are the opposite, and mostly come in as pushy and rude.
Someone made a comment about how he was previously handled and it was a wonder the trainer got as much done with him as they did- that has no relevance to amount of time to get him started! We have started a pile of ranch colts the same way, they get gathered and brought into a big roundpen, roped and castrated then turned back out until late winter. Brought back in roped, halter broke and started. See below pictures....he looks pretty traumatized don't he???
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
Last edited by COWCHICK77; 12-06-2013 at 12:51 AM.