I just had to get this off my back.
I went on a trail ride with my mom today, and I was riding my horse bareback. I've ridden him bareback on the trail many times and he's perfectly behaved.
My mom had just finished trotting her horse over a couple of logs (they are about 24ft apart and 1 foot tall), and was a little ways of so that I was clear to canter my horse over them. I squeezed him a bit too hard, and he jumped into the canter. I realized that I was going too fast to get over the log, so I circled him down. The dirt trail is right next to the logs, so He kinda did a hop as he went up the tiny hill to get back on the trail, so I lost my seat and slid off the side of him. :P (I had also jumped the same two logs at the beginning of the ride with no issues)
I landed of my bottom without even a bruise, so I got up just as my horse headed for home. I caught him again and jumped back on, and he was as well behaved and calm as ever.
But, my mom has now decided that it is a cardinal sin to jump bareback. :( I never jump any higher that 18 inches, and I only trot and canter over jumps.
I'm not allowed to ride him bareback anymore, and I usually school my horse bareback every day.
How can I convince my mom to let me ride bareback again?