Starting to get a bad habit when a horse bucks
So typically when a horse bucks, I can ride it out and move them forward or pull them into a one rein stop. But lately, I've been doing this awful thing where I fling my hands upward and lock my legs, so I basically push myself out of the saddle :/ Either that, or when the horse puts its head down, it pulls me out of the saddle and onto their neck/shoulder.
I don't know what the heck caused me to change the way I ride. I guess not riding enough horses that buck? I seem to not be pulling myself down in the saddle like I'm supposed to. I noticed today that I was balancing on the ball of my foot (in my western saddle) instead of my buttbone, and it feels like I'm riding on my tiptoes. When I fixed it and sank down into my seat, my back actually popped! What the heck?
Any clue what I can do to fix this?
I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...