If you are wondering why I am asking this... here is the reason:
On Friday, I went to work, took a horse for a ride down the road... everything was good, vehicles were passing us and I was riding in the ditch... then came a part where I could no longer ride in the ditch, because of the water, and how steep it was (and big), so I rode on the side of the road, a little off in the ditch, but not much, because I couldn't... just then this lady driving a vehicle speeds by me at around 120 km/hour, in the middle of the road, and the horse had a fit! He spun around and let out a buck... I held on, but I was hanging off the side, then he spun around again, this time I came off, I landed on my feet, but he pulled me over, and ran home... I am fine (and I was wearing a helmet) and the horse is fine (and I got back on when I got back) but I just believe that with a better seat, I would have been able to stay on... and this is not the only thing that happened...
The next day, I came out, this time riding in an arena, I rode the horse that threw me the day before, this time bareback... and with another horse, I did something I had never done before... I rode english! It was all good on Saturday, my boss had me trotting, walking, posting, etc, and I was getting the hang of the english saddle (it felt kinda weird, I had never ridden english before) so we left that on a good note, and called it a day.
Now... today is why I am really asking this question... So I go on a trail ride down the road again... things were great, I come back, work with the younger ones in the round pen... and then I get on the horse I rode english on saturday... well today he was constantly trying to push his luck, test me, and he was bolting when I would get him into a trot... this was all english, so I felt very awkward when he would take off, but I got him under control after he would lope, or gallop a little bit, and I got him back to a faster, then slower trot... this happened about 3 times... well, on the 4th time he did it, he went into a really choppy, fast lope, put down his head and got ready to buck... I lost my stirrup, and just as he put down his head, I flew over the top of him.... I had fallen off once again.
I instantly got up, and got back on, but we had to put a lunge line on him, as he just kept on taking off (even with my boss riding), so now that I have fallen off twice in 3 days of working... I am trying to find ways to get a better seat, improve my balance, and overall, become a better rider...
I do believe if I had not lost my stirrup, and had been riding western, I would have stayed on, but I will be riding this one horse english for at least a few more weeks (he listens better with english tack)
Any advice is helpful, maybe websites I can visit, video's I can watch, anything I can get to help me!!! Thanks!