Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Your fall indicates that you too green to jump a horse. My Hunt Seat instructor--early 1970's--prepared us by first being able to sit all 3 gaits, then be able to transition between gaits, then be able to transition between the sitting and posting trot, THEN we posted 3x each rein withOUT stirrups. We spent hours in 2-point before we jumped. Simply, we had a LOT of miles under saddle in our lessons before we even messed with ground poles. People sometimes lost their balance, and falls are inevitable, though nobody took a fall like yours.
You didn't have control over this horse, or your own body.
I taught with my own horses for 10 years: Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Hunt Seat, Beginning Jumping, Military and 2 students took theraputic lessons. I had 3 horses that I could trust for the latter. I am VERY leery of what passes for safe lesson horses today and leery of what passes for a good riding instructor. I would start shopping around for a new place to take lessons. This teacher is going to get your hurt again.
You wouldn't put up with this kind of service from a hotel, and you don't need to do so with a place that puts you on a 1,000 lb animal that should be quiet and calm and slow to respond to your aids so that you can get better and stronger and more confidant.