Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Upstate New York
Firstly, I am so sorry that you had such an awful day. That sounds horrible and very scary. Do not blame yourself... you were just going about your business and turdy decided to go about his (bad choice on his part).
I commented on your video you posted before about lunging. I urge you to NOT GIVE UP LUNGING just because of this incident. Of course, wait until he is better.
Without actually seeing the horse, the first thing I would do is get him lunging in a round pen (if you have one). Stop, go, turn on command. If he does all that. Good. Put him away for the day.
Put him in the round pen as many days as needed until you can see he really knows what he is doing. Every time he does it good, even if you work him for only ten minutes, put him away (that's his reward for good behavior). If he's bad, keep going and make him do more.
Once he's good in the round pen, put him back on the lunge line. I would use a halter and a chain lead over his nose. When he bolts, TUG AS HARD AS YOU CAN, so you pull his nose inwards. Bolting is unacceptable. If you are tugging and he is still not responding, try your very best to not let go (as long as you are doing it safely). Square up with him and stop him and send him out again (he will get sick of the game). Is there another horse you can practice lunging with while he gets better? Perhaps a not so green horse. That way you can gain some confidence with lunging. Maybe you can get a trainer to come out and show you. Often times if you see someone else doing it (someone else not getting bossed around by him) then it will give you the confidence to do it yourself.
Take it slow with him -- from the video you posted it seems as if he is just a bit confused. I don't know how much training this guy has had or any of his history but it just seems like he is green to me. Remember, a green horse takes a lot of work. Crying WILL happen lol. And days like this will happen too, unfortunately. To me, with a green horse, those days are a good trade off for all the days you see trade off and all of the learning that has been accomplished.
I do feel really bad though :( Wish it didn't have to happen. Don't let it discourage you though. Even the most experienced horse people can have these days. As someone said, "horses are unpredictable animals." You'll get through this :)