I am 15 years old and I recently started loaining a 22 year old, 15hh Connemara- Thoroughbred cross mare. She is absoloutely lovely and I love her to bits but about 3 weeks ago on the first week I had her, I had a fall.
I was in the paddock at about 7 o clock (it was quite dark) and my dad and sister were stood watching. We were doing fine at first and we had a normal, calm canter but then she started getting really fast in trot. I misread the signs and figured she wanted to canter so I got her into canter. After the first stride, she bucked and started galloping. As I am used to riding-school horses I had no experience of this behaviour so I decided to just sit it out until she slowed down. I tried pulling on the reins but this made her even fatser. I was getting more and more freaked out and scared. It was the first time I had galloped and I wasn't ready for it. After about 5 mins of full-galloping round the paddock I fell off. I was unhurt and I got straight back on her and rode her round the paddock.
At the time, I thought it didnt bother me as falling off doesnt really scare me. But I haven't cantered her since the incident because I seem to have a fear of her going fast. Everytime I nearly get her into canter, I bring her back to trot because I panic. Even though all the other times I have cantered her she has been fine, I am still scared to do it.
I know I should get back into cantering because I know if I do it, I will feel great. Its just actually doing it! I also feel it is putting me off riding her as I feel we both get bored.
Any help please? Also, she has a VERY bouncy canter and I find it hard to sit. Any tips on that? Thanks:) Lizzy x