I was that little girl that love grandpa's horses and every chance I got I would get in the saddle. I had a bad problem occur when I was around 10 year old. The saddle that was on the horse had slipped when a dog started chasing the horse. I was hanging off the side of the horse and fell underneth the run away horse. Well I walked away with only hurt feelings and a fear of a horse running.
I still love horses and have fallen off several times since and gotten back on. But I have never tried to ride a horse past a trout because of the fear of a horse running away.
I have noticed that if the horse starts to kick up into a fast trot I alway stop them or slow them down. Also, my legs go all hay wire and go up under my body (where I am leaning foward and have lack of control) and not stay out in front of me. I have tried several times to work up the courage to get into a lope, but failed several, and I mean several times.
Am I at a loss for are there things that I can try to ride at a lope and still enjoy the experience.