I KNOW a horse can be going under saddle in 1 month because my family has done it for decades. My grandpa raised work horses. They were born on the range and stayed on the range til they were 3, only run in to be halter broke as weanlings and branded. If they made it to 3, they were started and put to work. You think there was any lunging or anything beyond minimal groundwork done?
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People may think that taking a few weeks to halter break and ride an untouched colt within weeks creates holes, but I have seen the opposite be just as bad. I have seen colts that were man handled from birth to starting age be resentful and tired of being handled or not any better off. Of course the personality of the horse, trainer/technique and learning speed is the major factor but reading and dealing with it in the best way possible is the key. (I kind of assumed that went without saying). Some one being handy enough can identify those personalities and issues then figure out the best way to deal with it that makes everyone happy, especially the horse. If the trainer was having those issues and decided she needed more time or was prepared to deal with him, she should of said so. I would have more respect for someone who said that she couldn't handle him rather than make a blind stab in the dark(without owners consent).
If I remember right the OP was in a slight pickle given she was moving for schooling/work and would not have the time or facilities to break him out herself. Rather than letting him set longer, she opted to spend the money to send him out for training. Not to get him show ready but manageable for the facilities and time available to her. She asked for advice on this forum as how to find a suitable trainer for this horse and admitted she had never sent a horse out for breaking. I think she tried to do the right thing by making a go of it instead of letting him suck oxygen and unused, in my opinion.