Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike
Ideally you should hold on to your rein, even if you fall off. Easier said than done, lol!
Doing this once when I was younger in the middle of MT, on a horse that spooked, I went over his head, and he was nice enough to back up until I could stand up and he drug me through some really nice cactus. I had cactus from the top of my shoulder down past my thigh. And unfortunately I had to get up, get back on him (bareback) and ride back to the farm before heading home to pick all 5 million cactus needles out of my body.