Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
If you're regularly falling off your horse then something is wrong. It's not normal or right to fall of a horse often. If it keeps happening it means that it isn't working between the horse and rider.
Besides your safety, you're inadvertently training your horse to keep doing whatever he is doing. Each time he gets excited and you fall off he is learning that if he doesn't want to do something, or whatever, he can get excited and you will fall off.
Saying you don't need lessons is a bit silly. It's like going to school and when you're seven saying you've learned to read now so you don't need to go to school anymore. There is always more to learn. Sometimes it's not needed, but if you're having problems with your horse, falling off a lot, letting them bolt then you did need more lessons to deal with these problems.
You need to develop some methods for dealing with these problems. The best way to do that is get an instructor/trainer out to watch you ride and advise on the next step. Whether it be ways to calm the horse down, ground or saddle exercises or recommending more lessons. If you get help, have people teach you a correct way of dealing with these problems then hopefully you'll have a good horse with a solid education in a couple of years.
If you just keep going without addressing these issues chances are they're going to get worse.