I went out and visited him quite a bit but could not ride even after the 72 hours as we have had a TON of rain lately and the barn he is currently at was flooded.
Sunday or Monday I got a call that he had been injured. One of the BO's rescue horses is REALLY pushy and mean to Stiffler. The BO and another boarder were sitting on the mounting block and Stiffler had come up wanting attention. This horse got angry and bit him on the butt hard enough he attempted to jump on top of the mounting block. Only his front half made it. He skinned his rear legs up pretty badly and had a small limp for a day. By Wednesday he was fine when I went to ride.
I wanted to ride him bareback as I never had until this point. I brought him in to groom him and one of the first things he did was swing his rump over and squish me against the stall wall. I blew it off. I put his bridle on and had no issues with him. I walked him into the arena and I let him approach the mounting block as I figured he was probably associating it with being hurt the other day. He sniffed it and seemed indifferent so I sat down on it. Again, indifferent. I stood up on it and he started backing away. He then grabbed one of the reins in between his teeth and just bit it. He didn't chew it, nothing. He just bit it and wouldn't let it go. I should also note he laid his ears back a bit when he did this.
He kept doing that through the whole time I was there, even while riding. Eventually the BO came out and got a bit pushy with him so he would at least get close enough to the mounting block so I could get on. She told me part of why he's doing this is because I'm too soft with him. She said she knows I love him, etc but that I need to be more firm.
Does his behavior sound like what she said? I will be moving him to another barn here soon, quite possibly with IndyHorses LOL... I just didn't know if maybe his attitude was because of everything he's been through lately or if it was just him testing me because I'm a softie...
Thanks if you made it this far and thanks for any advice!