Of course we can't guarantee that you will get a chance to do it again! While this is a favorite joke among Mounted Shooters, it is definitely NOT the way to try Mounted Shooting with your horse. You are likely to get hurt and set up a fear response in your horse that could take months to re-train.
There are many roads to a successful start in this sport. The best first step is to attend an event in your area, talk to the shooters and ask a lot of questions. We love to talk about our sport and you will get plenty of advice, information and support.
Attending a clinic with your horse is a great place to start. Your horse can be around gunfire, but with the security of non-reactive finished shooting horses to keep them calm. Use that "herd-mentality" to your advantage, they will feed off the calm energy of other horses. We will post here and on Facebook when we offer clinics or demonstrations.
We also have the benefit of many great trainers on the East Coast. Get in touch with us and we can put you in touch with several trainers you can interview. They will train your horse for you, or help you find the right finished shooting horse to get you started. Shooting off a trained and confident shooting horse is a great benefit to a beginner. You have so much to think about yourself, it's great not to have to worry about your horse!