Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I didn't start taking lessons until I was 20 y/o, and except for pony rides or those nose to tail trail places, had never been on a horse.
Yes, you can learn to ride and compete as an adult. There are some lovely riders who didn't start until they were in their 40s, and I know one woman who started at 60 and shows competitively. She does very well, too.
It's harder learning to ride when you're a mature adult because of the physical limitations we all experience as we get older, but adults are usually more focused and goal oriented than youngsters. They've seen enough of life and actually know what they want, and have no problem making it a priority.
Sure, we don't bounce the way we used to and we're not as fearless as our younger counterparts, but there's a depth of maturity and self confidence that only comes with age.