I recently switched to English riding and I've been working with a very forward gelding. We've been practicing pressure and release, riding with contact and trotting at the post. This particular horse, however, LOVES to throw his head around. Every time he does it, my heart skips because I'm so afraid he's going to buck or rear up.
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!!