Originally Posted by Lucara
Is 12yr too old to start training for low level dressage and jumping?
No way! I got my very first horse, a 12-year-old barely broke Percheron mare, in June. She couldn't even steer at the trot, didn't know how to canter, and had acceptable ground manners.
She has already come so far, and I'd only consider myself a good beginner/early intermediate rider. She's doing trot poles and little crossrails without hesitation, which are things she's never seen before. She learned the canter from scratch (she had been trained not to canter, as she was a working harness horse before) and will now canter with only a kiss and the smallest amount of leg.
With the right attitude, no horse is too old to train!