Hi guys. I am quite new to riding horses, and have been taking lessons in a nearby riding school for about a month and a bit now. I was quite scared one morning when I got to my lesson 10 minutes early. I got my helmet and went to wait for the stablehand to let me lead my horse down to the riding arena, when suddenly Chief (the horse) got spooked or something and reared up and broke the rope he was tied up to, this rope was inches thick mind you. Anyway, I told the stablehand that I hope he wont do that while I'm on him, and she assured me. When we got down to the arena our riding instructor wasnt there yet so we were told we could ride just to warm up our horses, and we are only in beginners lessons mind you. My friends horse was trotting ahead, and I dont know if Chief just wanted to catch up or what, but he started to trot, we were doing well for a few seconds then BAM, into a canter (being in beginners we have only learnt trot), so then from canter straight into gallop and I had no idea how to hold on, as he bolted around the corner I took my chances and landed into a fence and took the fall. I have never been so scared in my life and wish that I had made my reins that much shorter, then maybe I could have pulled him back to walk. I now have bruises all over my body and a possible fractured knee.