one of the cowboys where we board our horses suggested the bareback idea. so I went into the arena with him there supervising. This was before I got my new horse so I was on my daughter's horse. All was going well, I was doing walking and some slow trotting around poles. The BO came through the hall into the arena by the gate and for some reason it startled the horse, he jumped sideways, then back and then sideways again. It was the third one that got me off. That fall really hurt for some reason. I did get right back on and sure enough I was walking along and the goat came bounding into the arena, he never comes by the arena. The horse spooked and I hung on and all was fine because he did not do the zig zag thing. But I am thinking I am not good enough for bareback, unless maybe someone was actually leading the horse, boy would I feel stupid but maybe I should try that?