Falling off the Naughty Colt
Last week, I was educating a 3 y/o un-raced thoroughbred colt for someone. I have told the owner several times to geld him as he is extremely colty and can be quite the handful, but they got offered a lot of money for him when he is educated so they want him left entire.
When I rode him last week, we were heading down the path to a big paddock when my neighbour's corgi dog ran out in front of him and spooked him. Dick (the colt) leapt sideways, whipped around and started bucking up the hill, eventually dumping me in a ditch. I was unhurt, and got back on and finished his lesson.
When I rode him the other day (Thursday, its Saturday here now), he literally threw himself backwards in the middle of our canter work, whacking me in the jaw with his head and pitching me off sideways.
I now have a fractured vertebrae/neck bone and destroyed confidence in riding him. I had ridden him without issues since he arrived, and at worst he would pigroot and throw a little tantrum, but now he seems to be serious about getting me off. I don't fall off often, but it seems since he bucked me off he thinks he doesn't have to do his work if he gets me off.
So now I'm very nervous about riding him again, but its my job to ride him. How can I rebuild my confidence in him? It was bad enough getting on the day after the bucking incident, and I had ridden him again after he got me off.
The half-halt is also used as a "hey poneh, I am gonna ask you to do something in a second, is yew awake?".