I was on a trail ride about a month ago and it wasn't going the greatest. 20 feet in the gate the horse I was riding started bucking because two mules rode past her. Then another person suggested I trade horses with the owner of the mare ( She saw I was scared half to death as well as embarassed because half of the people on the trail ride were well known and respected trainers. Fyi it was the first time I ever had a horse buck me).
So we traded and rode down the trail a little ways. Lucky for me, this horse, who is usually well behaved and trained, decided to be a brat today. She wanted to trot the whole time I was on her and then she just stopped and started backing.
Now to my question...how would you stop a horse that is backing without being cued to do so? It's not a habit with this horse, but I was just curious. In my mind I thought if I pull on the reins she will continue to back from the pressure; and if I kick her, it might make her back more. What should I have done?
P.S. We eventually traded horses back and the rest of the ride went fine.