Falling off horses has become a bit of a bad habit for me lately. Last wednesday I had a particularly nasty fall, the horse change direction on me all of a sudden while we were cantering and I was left with a very sore ass and maybe (I hope not) a broken tail bone.
Do I need to improve something in my riding? I'm sure a I do. I most likely need to work on getting a better seat and learn when its time to let go, for my own good. But i think I've just been on a serious bad luck streak lately for on reason or another. OK, one of the times it was definitely my fault. Digging my heels into the horse's belly to try not to loose my balance is a very bad idea, especially with spurs. I've learned my lesson on that particular case.
But when they do decide to take off like there's no tomorrow for one reason or another, it usually ends with my ass on the ground. Does that make me want to give up? Hell, no! But I could certainly use a break from falling.
So, my horsey friends, any advice from you on how to keep the horse between me and ground? Any experiences you'd like to share with me? I'm all ears!