Originally Posted by bsms
If you can't worry more about your horse than other people, please don't ride. It won't be safe for you, and it won't be good for the horse either. If you are REALLY lucky, you'll meet an opinionated, dominate, nervous, willing, sweet horse - like Mia. And she'll keep you too busy stretching your riding skill to worry about some weenie on the sidelines of life!
I seriously agree with this. If you can't worry more about the horse and what it's doing than what people say about you, go find another sport. Riding is dangerous. When on a horse, especially when are just starting out, one should be 100 percent focused on the horse.
Statistically more new riders than experienced riders get seriously hurt.
And like bsms, I started riding only six or seven years ago when I was 49. That statistic spurs me to learn more and become better, really for my own safety. The side benefit is that I just love it.