I am taking lessons, and having someone else ride Tango for now. NOT me, not yet. Tango hasn't been ridden but a dozen times in the last 9 months. Long story, but is basically a rescue horse. Owner left her husband and Tango. Hubby went to live with girlfriend and left Tango...friends fed Tango. I adopted him.
When I gain some confidence and learn what NOT to do, as well as what I should do....I'll try him again. I really do not want to give up on this guy, or me!
The day he took off and I fell I know now that I accidentally made him do that. I was nervous to begin with, I had the reins TOOOO loose, he started his running walk, I screamed, leaned forward (fetal position), and squeezed with my legs to HOLD on! EVERYTHING told him to run!
Thanks again for the input and thorough explanations of things I hadn't considered! I feel better about the BIT now.