Last night I had a riding lesson and we were doing trotting, cantering and some jumping. For a little while I just trotted before jumping but then moved into the canter. That was fine until the horse I was riding sped up. I had just come off the jump and was anchored down with my heels, and then we were going around a corner at the same time as he started cantering faster. This threw me a bit off balance which made me come forward more and not be anchored properly. This made him go faster and I fell off. I was perfectly fine thankfully and got right back on. He was so good and stopped immediatly and looked at me like, "what happened?"! This was actually the first time I fell off in the saddle.
Falling off doesn't really scare me as I've done it plenty bareback but the speed seems to tense me up for some reason. I guess I'm afraid I won't be able to stop him, then I get tense and fall off - lol! How can I relax and be more secure with cantering? I haven't done it much and the jumping and cantering combined was a bit too much! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!