I like to consider myself pretty knowledgeable about horses and I always find something that I didn't know or if I am riding about half of the times I ride, I find something that I am not completely comfortable with. Haha, when you hear some of my stories, you will find yourself feeling brave! :P In fact, the first time that I rode a horse that was not necessarily a kids wonderfully trained horse was a pain in the butt pony who was an angel on the ground and a jerk on the saddle. I am naturally more comfortable in the saddle but when this pony started to "run" home, I freaked and thought about not riding her anymore. Later, I learned I was waaayy to unfocused and thought her trotting was a run. I saw her in the pasture doing the same trot she had done with me and it was a little princess clop!!! I was soo surprised!!!!! I had soo thought she was cantering and I was going to die!!! Now, a horse who suddenly canters off with no warning whatsoever, who is about 16 hands tall, does not scare me in the least. And next time your horse gets spooked if you have researched or thought about it a lot, if you have a plan of what to do when it happens, you will not care as much and you will be able to handle it. Whatever you do, do not stop riding! It doesn't matter how many times you get hurt or scared, if you keep going, that's all that matters!