Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
First I'll say sorry if I repeat what someone else already covered (not reading all the post right now).
I won't say what any individual person can or can't get done with a horse in a given period of time, because it's as much about the horse as it is the trainer. Some horse are amazingly easy to get started and others can be exceedingly trying.
Based soley on the information provided the trainer has apparently never worked with an older, unsocialized horse that may well be not too far removed from becoming almost feral.
The trainer should have checked the horse, not just go on what they were told before giving or agreeing to any expectations.
Even a horses that are use to people, stand to be haltered, easy to lead, groomable, etc..., don't always train the same or easily. E.g. My current two mares who are maternal first cousins and fraternal second cousins.
One day to get the older one to let me take her front and rear feet. Younger mare was one (long) day for the front and over 3 weeks for the rear.
And yet after 2 months the younger would lift her feet for me without me asking for them, while the older one has always made me ask.
Took 15 minutes to get the older one stand and be saddled the first time and she accepted me in the saddle the next day. Took a month to get the younger one stand and be saddled.
Yet while the older one is easier to start with everything it's the younger that is the first to great me spend more time near me.
Point is a trainer really needs to consider what the indidual horse is like. What they managed to do in a day with the last 6 horses might take a week with the 7th.
I would not be happy if I was told that I would have rideable horse in 6 weeks for $1300 and didn't have it, but I would suspected a trainer who told me the could deliver that with the horse the OP described
They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)