Need to brag on my half-draft monster for a minute.
We went on our first trail ride today. He only spooked once and it was totally understandable (a dog rushed up to the fence behind us and started barking). His spook consisted of a minor start and then he trotted forward to the safety of the other two horses with us. Another time he was a little further behind than he wanted to be and started trotting to catch up, but it was only for a few yards.
I, however, didn't fare so well. I'm getting better, but it frustrates me because the stuff that he does used to not even barely make me bat an eyelash. Now, he barely flinches and I freeze up. When he spooked and started trotting, I actually shrieked and leaned forward and pulled up on the reins...total knee-jerk reaction My trainer (who was with us, luckily) said "Sit back!" and it was like all of a sudden my brain was part of me again and I was calm and got him back under control (sat back down in the saddle and deepened my seat, then settled my hands where they needed to be and gently pulled back). I finally got so frustrated with myself and jumpy at any flinch he made that I had to get off and walk back.
We did ride about two miles, though, which really wasn't too bad, I guess.