Hi, My name is Lula and I am 16. I don't have my own horse, but there are two people who don't ride their ponies much so let me come and ride them whenever I want. One of these ponies I have only just started riding, and I rode her for the first time a few days ago. Her name is Perdy and she is 6/7 years old. Her owner told me that she is completely bombproof and her only downside is that she can be lazy. They don't have an arena so I rode Perdy out and she felt so good, though you could tell she is young. Then we went to have a canter up a hill and I was expecting her to be lazy, as the owner said I might not even get a canter out of her, but she was a lot faster than I expected. Now I would consider myself to be a fairly strong rider in technique, but my confidence is lacking. I really love riding, but I feel very happy on quite slow, safe ponies. After this canter I was feeling quite out of my comfort zone with Perdy as she now seemed quite on edge and jumpy (probably she was picking up on my uncertainty), but I decided to have another canter as I want to improve my confidence and do things out of my comfort zone to try to help my riding. We went to canter again but a few strides in she started bucking. I immediately took her into walk as I felt pretty shaky (I know I'm a wimp!) and after that I just walked her home. I know this is not an issue with Perdy - She is young and green and was just getting excited/ not wanting to work. This is an issue with me and my confidence. I really want to ride Perdy again as I completely fell in love with her, but I know next time I go to canter her I will be scared of her bucking. If I'm feeling scared then that will reflect on her as she is young and doesn't have lots of confidence herself. So basically, if anyone has any tips for how I can get over this confidence issue and stop being so scared of bucks then that would be very much appreciated. P.S. Sorry this is so long winded!!