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post #1 of 32 Old 07-08-2010, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Riding and competing as an adult? Is it possible?

OK, first, please don't laugh in this thread , and second, this thread is more towards adults and trainers who deal with the adult riders.

So... If you start serious riding as an adult (in late 20th-30th-40th) can you still learn a good riding (I'm talking about dressage and jumping disciplines) and compete successfully? All good riders I know started as kids. But not all of us had a luxury even to take lessons. And as you are getting older the muscles, bones and (sometime, but not for everyone) mentality is very different from those of child. So... Please, share!
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When I was about 13 when I got my first horse... and my mom took up dressage again (she was about...40) after stopping when she was about 18. Im not sure if that's the same as never starting until your around 40, but my mom is moving up to third level this year. And I know a rider who started at about, 40 or 45 and he's going into 4th level this year :) with the right instructor, its possible :)

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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.
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Why not?
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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.
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hmm I don't know about that, All the young riders in dressage alll have the north american young rider show in their eyes and would kill to get there, haha.

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Some young riders are very focused, that's true. But an adult who really wants something not only has the desire, but also the money to throw behind whatever it is they're trying to accomplish.
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Thanks for sharing, folks!

Payette, as I mentioned those really good competitors I know all started as kids. So I was curious if it's "a must" kinda thing to be a very good one. And yes, you can compete at many shows even if you ride like a sack of potato but whether you can perform good (and actually win) was my question.
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Learning to ride as a youngster is a definite advantage over learning to ride as an adult, but it in no way impacts how well someone will ride or the levels they can achieve.

Anyone with the drive, talent and inclination has the ability to go far. Those have nothing to do with age.
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I was 50 when I started competing in Team Penning and Sorting! I'm in my 60s now and looking into Mounted Shooting. 30,40? Youngsters.
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Thanks for sharing, folks!

Payette, as I mentioned those really good competitors I know all started as kids. So I was curious if it's "a must" kinda thing to be a very good one. And yes, you can compete at many shows even if you ride like a sack of potato but whether you can perform good (and actually win) was my question.
My answer is still "why not"
As others have said~ if you have the dedication, you can definitely do it. For sure, you will face a whole set of challenges that kids won't, but it is totally do-able!
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