It think these words sum it up.I screwed up
The trainer gave you a huge red flag of not working with your horse for the first 15 days. I would have brought my horse home THEN. And I wouldn't keep sending the trainer money if I didn't think they were meeting certain expectations. Text messages are NOT a good way to moniter your horse's progress. Every horse is going to progress differently in training, and you often don't know how they are going to progress until you start working with them. I've had some colts that I entered in shows in 30 days, some that were still in the round pen at 30 days, and some that I ended up selling at 30 days because I was sick of dealing with their nasty bucking (there's too many good horses to deal with ill-tempered ones).
Yes, you got ripped off by your trainer. But you really didn't do much to help yourself from that. Hard lesson learned.
You've been complaining that you don't have time (nor want to deal with) a green "unbroke" 4-yr-old colt at this point in time. Nothing wrong with that, but instead of sending him for training for $1300 or $1800, why didn't you give him away and buy a 7-yr-old trained trail horse for $1500? (Easy to find right about now, with the way the market is.) Or why did you even take him on a trade in the first place, when you could have gotten cash for whatever it was that you sold? For the end goal you wanted, you really did not set yourself up for success. Again, hard lesson learned.
And just kinda curious since you've mentioned time and time again throughout this thread about ALL the horses you've trained successfully, and continue to insinuate that you can do better than this trainer did ..... How long has your horse been back, and what have you accomplished in that time frame? Are you going to be able to walk, trot, canter, direct rein, move off pressure, and pick up his feet in 45 days? (Although we know he still can't pick up his feet, because you said the farrier took an hour to do his feet. That is YOUR responsibility to teach; not the poor farrier.)
And clearly you are now seeing that your horse isn't going to be an easy one to train, like all the others. Every horse is different.