Hmm, my guy likes to play rodeo from time to time but honestly I never even thought about grabbing a saddle or anything else. I'd say it would throw me off balance even more. As the previous poster said, I use my legs to stay on and lean back so he can't throw me over his head. I can't imagine how I'd try to stop him, turn him etc. if my hands were busy holding onto something. So far he has managed to throw me off only once and that was a powerful buck when I was riding stirrupless and wasn't holding onto the reins. The only other time I fell off a horse was when we were just standing, I was talking to my trainer, horsie had his head low, ears relaxed, lower lip dropped, it was a nice sunny afternoon. The next thing I know is I'm on the ground, he jumped to the side absolutely out of nothing lol Since that moment I know I have to be always ready when in the saddle.