So I'm pretty nervous (but totally excited!) because this weekend I'm going to meet with 2 different trainers to start taking lessons again. It's going to be strange because while I have 17 years of experience (10 of competing) I'm going back to the beginning.
I started riding when I was 2, taking lessons at age 4, my first show (Hunters) at 7 and then began training for eventing at age 12. When I was 19 I was thrown off my horse onto a log and broke my back. After 2 1/2 years of physical therapy I switched to training from the ground (bought a neglected filly and trained her with a friend's daughter riding her- now she's a very successful hunter in the midwest). Life got hectic as I married a Marine who's deployed overseas 3 times, finished college, and we had a son who's now 2.
But I've missed horses way too much so I bought an unfinished horse named Jester and he's doing great in his ground training. So while we're doing that I'm going to be taking lessons to learn how to use my riding muscles again and build up my stamina. So I'm meeting a trainer at a Hunter/Jumper barn and another from an Eventing barn. Both have excellent reputations, win big at the shows, and have lots of satisfied students. Of course I'll probably be the oldest "beginner" at age 25, haha. Not exactly looking forward to that...or to picking between H/J and Eventing again!