Did I do the right thing by ending the ride early?
So tonight I went out to the barn to ride my horse, as usual, but after I got him tacked up and into the arena, he was being a total pill. It took several tries to get him to stand still next to the mounting block. And once I was on, we couldn't even go a half lap without him "spooking" and shying at something he's seen a million times. He wasn't listening to me and he was extremely wound up - rushing around the arena, ignoring my leg and rein aids, at even a walk. This behavior MAY have been because there was a lot of activity at the barn tonight, more than usual. Regardless, I expect my horse to behave, so that's definitely not an excuse.
He tends to be pretty "hot" and acts spooky both in hand and under saddle (I'm working on it), but tonight was unusually bad. I REALLY didn't feel like being thrown, and it seemed like if I were to continue riding him, he would only get more fractious and the situation would escalate. So after less than 5 minutes of riding, I got what I felt was a halfway decent half lap around the arena and I dismounted. I took off the reins and stirrups (bridle and saddle still on) and free lunged him (I free lunge him often, so this was not new) for 10 or 15 minutes until he seemed to relax and was paying attention to me. At that point, I called it quits for the night.
Did I do the right thing? I was starting to get frustrated when riding him, and I know at that point, it's better for me to take a step back, but I'm worried that I might have started to encourage a bad habit in him... Does he think he "won" tonight?
Edit: Oops, sorry, perhaps this would have been better in the "Training" forum.. Mods, feel free to move my post if it would be better elsewhere.