After our ride tonight, October and I stopped to talk to my friend before we got back to the barn. We were about 100 yards away from the entrance to the barn. I was on October, and my friend was standing on the ground. We were standing about 50 feet away from a shed that her son was working in. (We pass by/stand near this shed on a daily basis). A sound in the shed spooked him and he took off towards the barn, loosing me in the process. I had felt him tense up and had a split second to push myself off to the side of him...so I sort of jumped off, but landed on my rump.
He ran straight to the barn and just stood there waiting for me. After I got my breath, I went to him, got back on, and rode around the yard for a few more minutes. Then I got off, and walked him over to the shed, banged on it, had him touch his nose to it, etc. He did not seem too concerned over any of it.
My question it, did I handle this correctly? Is there anything I could have done better? I am not new to riding, but the horses I have ridden in the past have been extremely broke, and spooked at nothing. I am pretty new to having a horse who, although he has good training, can be a little spooky sometimes.
This is also the first time in about a month he has REALLY spooked over anything. He has gotten much better since I got him about 4 months ago - we have done alot of desensitizing with him.
Sorry for the long post, any suggestions are appreciated!