Hey! I'm a 25 year old who's never really rode a horse and I would like to start taking lessons and progress from there. My main interest is in English riding with more of an emphasis on hunter jumping than say dressage although I completely understand I'm extremely far from either of those two.
I've always been very interested in equestrian since I was younger but never had the courage to take lessons - more so because it wasn't considered "cool" amongst my friends. A lot of my female friends growing up were competitive English riders so I'm well aware of the hard work, commitment and money that is required to undertake something like this.
When I told a friend of mine who is a dressage instructor that I would like to take riding lessons, her first questions were am I passionate and dedicated enough to devote my life to equestrian as it should not be considered a sport per say and definitely not a hobby.
The answer is yes! I'm an extremely dedicated person who doesn't give up, not afraid to get hurt and not afraid to get dirty. I run my own small business, so I know what it takes in regards to creating something out of nothing which could never have happened without a strong commitment and more importantly a strong desire to learn and succeed.
Maybe that's a horrible example, but I'm trying to convey that this isn't something I'll lose interest in if I don't progress as fast as I hoped and that I'm willing to dedicated a significant portion of my life to become a decent rider and learn everything I can about equestrian.
My friends who ride naturally think it's a great idea and are encouraging me to get lessons as soon as possible, however their opinions are biased which is why I've come to this forum in search of honest answers. I'm more or less wondering what everyone thinks? Is it realistic to believe that a 25 year old can learn this late to become a proper hunter jumper, with enough lessons, an excellent instructor and of course tons of dedication?
I look forward to reading any replies when I wake up in the morning! :)