Folks, do you actually RIDE with side reins at all?
In my understanding side reins are for lunging only. You ride with draw reins from what I know (although I never used them, just saw people did). With that being said to use either you MUST have a knowledge on how to use them properly or you can be in a big trouble (which sounds like happened this time).
Marlea, I'm very glad you are OK. Please, please do some research (and get some feedback) next time before you decide to try new gimmick.