So it was my first time officially being allowed to canter. I had had a bad habit of trying to canter everytime my instructor turned her back so it wasn't my first time cantering, just my first time with permission haha.
So I was riding some huge 16h ex show jumper, I was told she had been pro but now she was around 25 so she was quiet enough to be a beginner lesson horse. Well, my first time cantering around the ring, I lost control of her and she headed right towards a fairly high jump that had been set up in the ring. She must have had a flashback to the glory days, so instead of jumping the jump or running out, she jumped the STANDARD! It was one of the smaller standards, maybe 4 ft, but ohh man was I terrified. It had been my first time even cantering!!!
I landed the jump and then slid off the side. According to eyewitnesses, her back legs would have come down square on me but instead she did like a double hop on her front legs to avoid me. I can honestly say I owe Fancy the rest of my horse life. If I had been stepped on as a beginner at such a young age, I never would have gotten near a horse again!