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Teacher wants me to return lesson horse to tie up and take off tack.. Horse is spookish etc and I;m told to avoid umbrella. I think I should take another path, but was supposed to just squeeze away from umbrella. I take another path and when I want to go left. horse wants to go rt bec his pen is there.. things get tense and horse is moving backwards.. teacher watching all.. she starts screaming at me that i must lean back.. of course i.m leaning foward bec I'm worried about him trying to toss me.. should I have leaned back? Teacher said horse might have been wanting to lay down?? who knows? am I supposedt to lean back to avoid a toss? I guess if a horse does rear up. dont you eventually want to lean in and hold on?
 

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You should sit straight upright. If the horse rears, then you lean forward. If it bucks, you're still better off sitting straight.

Unless you are an advanced rider, that doesn't sound like a good lesson horse. If you are that unsure about what to do, get off before the horse reacts, and lead it to where you need to go. No shame in getting off before an accident. Getting off during or right after could have adverse effects for the horse. Such as if the horse reacts, the rider will come off.
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If I understand your description, the horse was possibly going to either buck or rear or spin or something. The teacher saw that you were leaning forward so much that should he do something, you would surely fall off. it is only natural to want to curl forward when things get scary, but it's the worst thing you can do. not only do you become less balanced, you become unable to drive the horse forward when he needs a rider to take charge and get him to give up any idea of rearing or bucking or whatever. it's at times liek that that you need to sit up, put a leg on and take command.

I know, easier said than done. That's why a calmer horse, less spooky and more easily directed is what you need until you are more confident to sit up even when scared.
 
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