Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Personally I think the bleeding from the mouth is the least of your problems ;D
It would appear that a number of things made him turn round that day and give you the middle finger, and you've already listed them- no excercise for two days, clip, bad weather and your own possible excitement to have other people ride him. He may have picked up on this and turned it against you.
I have to agree that I wouldn't put a kid, beginner or my worst enemy on a horse that had just been inclined in the way you have mentioned. HOWEVER if its the first time, don't expect it to be the last, you need to win these little dominance battles.
If he is on a lunge, and he rears, has a paddy does whatever, and its naughty behaviour, not nervous behaviour, send him forward, forward,forward, and when he stops from tiredness, send him on and stop him shortly after. You don't want to sour him, but he has to learn if you say jump, he says how high. You say go, he goes till you stay stop.
Its a learning curve for every horse rider when their horse has a moment, but you need to address it, and sort it.
I have to agree with both. I wouldn't leave a horse tied up for hours on end, it doesn't achieve much more than boredome, however, I have tied a horse up for an hour and left it so when I say stand, it stands. I've never had any issues with this, and it worked with me.
You found what was broke, now fix it up with something stronger the duck tape and you'll have no worries.
Lunging is great, but not to run off steam, that just gets the horse fitter, and the horse then believes great, I get to buck and fart and mess around and go as fast as I can- then you ride one day without lunging....=....darn, bruises.
Good luck though!! And glad he calmed down.