Hi I am a novice rider and on Sunday I had my first quite bad fall (not my first fall :P) on a horse that spooked. Basically I was riding along a grass verge with a ditch on one side and a wire fence on the other. I was busy watching the ditch as my horse likes to jump them for fun and being young he is more of a leaper than a dignified jumper. My foot touched the wire fence and it made a sound like an electric fence would. Long story short my horse leaped away from it then gave a big buck as apparently I was hindering his escape plan.
My question is that how do you react fast enough to stop a horse that suddenly spooks to prevent this kind of thing happening. Or is just a matter of having balance good enough that you do not come off??