I am a novice rider, trying to fine-tune my basics and control of the horse.
I find that horses tend to bully me. Even the horses who have been known to be the best horse for novice riders. Horses tend to get spooked very easily while I am riding them. They bolt, dart off etc. As a result, I have had a few nasty falls. I can't keep falling this way.
My instructor has told me that keeping my legs on, will help. He meant for me to hold the inside of my calves very firmly against the horse's girth. He said that this position, while riding the horse on the bit; will help me to hang on when the horse does funny stuff.
However, I found that very often when a horse starts to buck etc; I can't calm the horse down at all. I sink into my seat, keep my legs on, do half-halts, yet the horse is determined to get me off. It also seems that whenever the horse is spooked, he seems determined to get me off.. and not so much a matter of getting away from the spooky object.
SIGH, what do I do?
Also, during cantering, is it possible to keep the legs on as my instructor has told me? Wouldn't this make the horse go faster? Is it also possible to canter with the horse on the bit, without stopping him altogether?