If you go into riding, be aware that this is a dangerous sport. We get bucked off. We fall. We get kicked, bitten, slobbered on, and knocked over. I am 54 years old and I took a pretty hard fall recently. I dusted myself off, got back up and rode. I don't want die sitting in a rocking chair, knitting. I know that there is a big risk. And I love riding.
By the way, being a parent is not that easy. When I taught my son to drive, I stayed in panic mode. I screamed when he approached red lights. I was totally sure he would wreck and kill us all. He didn't. He also is not mad at me for being hysterical while he was learning to drive.