Goneriding, I was taught very similar to you and I ride western.
Left shoulder against horse's left shoulder, left hand with reins on neck, right hand goes across the front of the seat and grabs the right fork(or bucking roll),not the horn or cantle, left toes(not foot) in stirrup, head turned to watch the horses ears and swing up.
I was taught that standing near the flank was bad in the event a horse cow kicks(which was more likely than being bitten) and if a horse was to take off, like mentioned earlier in the thread, easier to get mounted rather than left behind and a foot hung in the stirrup.
usandpets, loved the video, I got a good chuckle :)
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