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Any suggestions for riding a hot headed horse you never rode before?

Any suggestions for riding a hot headed horse you never rode before?
use your seat and be confident! (:
Sit tall be relaxed
stay nice and calm and set a rythem for the horse. if you have to count 1 2 1 2... there's no shame in that!
try to stay calm and use your seat and shoulders to control the horse, rather than the bit