Tercio - that horse which broke your arm(s) had no place on a stable yard frequented by third parties. The owner was grossly irresponsible. Yes, the horse may have issues with humans but that is no excuse for aggressive behaviour towards other
As for your original question: at home we always ride our horses on the mildest bit we can justify for being used with the horse in question. Some of the Western levered bits are regarded as being too fierce by we Brits. Most of us expect to be discarded sooner or later, so it is important not to wrench the horse's mouth - so the only answer must be to let go as one falls off - that's if one is quick enough to do anything other than shout out: "bug**r, this is going to hurt"
PS "tercio" = Latin? , Italian? Spanish? or Portuguese?
What does the nametag mean ??
"Tercio" is Spanish, the nametag means "Velvet Horse," I had the idea because my horse's nickname is "Velvet" and I speak Spanish, as well as some Italian. My father's Austrain bloodline ended this generation, before that the family spoke Italian and German, we all tend to travel widely but like to marry eastern Europeans to keep the families familiar.
To sue or not to sue is still a question, as unfortunately I was not the first or the last victim; a few months after I was injured, a girl was picked up by her breast in the same manner. Knowing what my shoulder looked like, I can imagine the girl wouldn't be back either. I ask about the horse when I get the chance, and now he apparently was moved to a stall in a corner, as far from other people as he could be however still in easy access. They used to gear him up with God knows what to ride him over jumps, but now it seems they can't even get close enough to tack him up without him becoming defensive (which I understand, because the first day I came back to the stable to officially quit, I watched the stable hand cleaning stalls punch the horse in his eye immediately upon entering the stall and exiting regardless of what the horse did in his small stall).
Maybe he had an issue before that made them start hitting him in front of the throatlatch like that, I don't know, but I will say that no matter how he behaved when they brought him on property, striking him certainly hasn't helped. I believe this is not a respect issue, that the horse is just being bossy, because once I was flat on the ground out of breath the horse had automatically retreated and pressed himself against the far side of the cramped stall, head down, tail swishing, his whole body shaking terribly. He did try coming into my space unwarranted when I asked for his leg, and I would tell him Hey while flicking my hands to shoo him which did have him surprised; I remember he pinned his ears when I pointed to his leg and after I pushed into his space with the intent to tell him to listen up, he did take a minimal step back as much as he could and raised his head with a "What's this?" expression. He was perfectly quiet as I began to leave the stall, only when I touched him he shook so terribly it looked like he had a seizure, and as I lay on the ground he pressed himself into the far wall, tail swishing, ears pinned, shaking all over, and made no further move as I limped out. It's my belief that he only wanted not to be hurt, or else he would have put me out like a fire while I was on the ground or gone after me as soon as I started moving again.
The only other time I saw him react violently was when a horse passed his stall, he literally hurled his body against the wall between him and the horse, ears pinned, mouth gaping.
To this day whenever I ride near that stable, the boarders will move to the far side of their arena away from me. There were only two girls who acted polite toward me and liked to talk with me. I used to clean the dirtiest horses to a spit-shine, and at least they appreciated it. The others are real standoffish. I advise anyone who wishes to intern or volunteer for horse care to please, please, please go to a place such as an equine assisted therapy center or a horse adoption center, because I now realize that many show stable owners get a greedy gleam in their eyes when you mention working hard for free. I'll volunteer for any farm or stable, but I'll be ****ed if I work at a show stable again.
Heh, that's getting off topic, but I felt it deserved some elaboration.
So regardless of what one does in the horse world, it is important to plan ahead what one might do should a ride go sour, like having a fire escape plan, and identifying the warnings signs. When I rode with other people for the first time, I would point out everything, and they didn't appreciate it, but it did make them pay attention better and I had less spooking-breaks on trails. Of course, the Plastic Bag that Flapped in the Wind may jump out to eat your steed at any time, in which case the rider would need a good deal of balance and a little glue for the unexpected.