I think you should get one of those protective vests. And maybe you should just trail ride, it is less dangerous.
No it's not. In fact, it's MORE dangerous than ring riding because you're not in a fenced-in environment.
Horses need to be quiet and steady, or at least controllable, if you're riding them out in the open. A horse who bucks is not the greatest candidate for anything other than an enclosed area.
OP, have your horse checked for pain. If this is unusual behaviour for him, he's probably hurting somewhere.
JJ was tossing his head when bitted, so I had the vet out to look at his teeth. Yep, they needed to be done. Had 'em taken care of, and he's no longer throwing his head.
A regularly steady-eddie who is acting up is usually doing it because of pain. They can't tell us verbally what's wrong, so acting out is the only way they have of letting us know that something's not right. It's up to us
to figure out what's wrong and correct it quickly.