My horse rarely spooks but yesterday we were riding along the road, ditch on one side, fence on the other and all of a sudden she spooked...BIG TIME. Have no idea why. My husband was in front of us on his horse and Isabella had no where to go so she pretty much freaked out, in place, with lots of dancing and a small buck or two.
6 months ago, I would have come off. The more I ride, the more balanced I become. I find myself relaxing when it happens, instead of tensing up. I just rode
it out, made sure I had control of the reins, and urged her to walk forward.
We both recovered nicely and had a wonderful relaxing ride in the fields across the street.
I am guessing it just gets easier the more experience you get. I have been thrown twice before (different horses) and I know for a fact I would have come off yesterday as well if it been a year ago. I think you just become more balanced and for me, really getting to know my horse and the way she moves..helps a lot.