This thread has been an entertaining read.. and a distrurbing read as well.
I did not want to hop on until I found out what the drug being used was (figured it was ACE). I now would like to know what his injury was.
One thing I agree with everyone on, is you do not EVER get ON a drugged horse. Horses are not calmed well by drugs and can still be lightning fast. I had a filly (yearling TB.. daughter or Silver Stark, stakes winning son of Affirmed) that was a bit spooky due to being unhandled. I sold her and the new owner wanted Xrays.. and this was not a yearlying who was going to stand quietly for a full set. Vet gave her Rompun and she looked like a sleep walker.. until the plate rattled by her right hind hock. Like lightning she reacted with a kick that sent the plate flying.. all the while not moving and with her eyes half closed. NEVER trust a drugged horse and NEVER get on a drugged horse. They are 100% unpredictable and that calm look can lull you into a false sense that the horse is calm.
Another thing that can happen with a horse that is drugged is that IF something does scare them or get them to react, the can go completely the OPPOSITE of calm and go bonkers. When an animalo that large goes bonkers it can hurt itself, you and anything around it. Just sayin'!
So.. any horse trainer that would have you get on a drugged horse is a complete amateur or is a complete imbecile.. and YOU need to keep YOU safe.
As to being broke.. the age of the horse alone speaks volumes. A three year old can be said to have been backed.. but broke? Probably not.
In my illustrious horse career I did have a filly that was a serious bucker.. from day one. It was her answer for everything including her cinchi-ness. She was extremely talented and was the only horse I ever had that had perfect conformation.. and she was a palomino QH to boot (papers not available). Talk about bronc bucking..
After connecting with real estate a couple of times with her, I backed off and just brought her along slower.
Your 3 year old is not broke, never was broke. If you keep up with what you are doing the only one who is going to BE broke is YOU (and I am talking physically, not financially).