Last lesson, he tossed his head wildly and I panicked. He BOLTED and I let go, falling off onto my shoulder. Since then, I've been super nervous to get back on him, but I'm planning to do it this week. I just need tips on how to avoid this from happening again.
The instructor said I REALLY need to gather the reins when I begin trotting - that even if they feel tight, they're probably not. But there's a fine line between "riding with contact" and pulling too much. This is where I get confused. Also, does anyone have any tips on what to do when the horse shakes his head around? Thanks!!