Hi, my body went stiff into defensive mode... dunno why..
In hindsight, I did wonder if I should have tried to soften my body, deepen my seat etc. to have stayed on the horse.. Cos a stiff body makes it easier for the horse to throw off.
But in my fear, my body just automatically reacted that way. I guess it was also in my subconscious to get off a frightened horse who might lead us into danger or fall then crash into me (these were the various thoughts that ran through my mind.. like I was in a car which just wouldn't stop even when I stepped on the brakes)
If I had tried to stay on the horse instead, and softened my body and went with the flow; do such horses usually calm down after a few strides? What can I do to calm them down?
Yes. I agree this horse shouldn't be ridden by novice riders. Gosh, imagine if it was a child on him! But then I think a child might have less reservations and less likely to pre-empt; and therefore have a smoother ride than me..