I rode for fun on my own when I was an early teen, adopted a few rescue horses and had no money for lessons. I had been on a hiatus from horses for 11 years when I bought TJ. Now I'm a beginner and I just turned 29!
For my own sake, I only take private lessons...get a little jaded watching the whippersnappers who've been riding for ever and they're only 8. I don't bounce like I use too, yah know.
Plus my goals are different. It's nice if you find others just like you, too.