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        12-22-2011, 08:45 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Thank you all for your responses! I was surprised (and very happy!) to see so many responses so soon! I appreciate all your advice and will definitely keep it in mind. :)

    I'm going to look into yoga and pilates for sure and also start getting into some running to get my cardio going. We're getting a dog in a few days and the little guy could probably use some cardio as well. XD My husband is totally on board with starting an exercise regiment, so I have even more of his support as well.

    I don't feel as old as I did when I first wrote! I'm glad to see that riding is in fact something that anyone can be good at at any age. As I said, I'm used to seeing kids starting young and the adults I know being life-long riders, as well as the general belief that to be good at any sport, you have to start from childhood. It's a huge relief to see that there's many of you who are perfectly successful and started at my age or older.
         
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        12-22-2011, 09:29 PM
      #12
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Excuse me? Old? Gettoudaheya! I started at 41, I am 53 now. No way is 38 "old". Much less 23.
    A person at 23 is near to the peak of the physical body. So, please don't feel old now.
    I can top that. I started at 50! I'm also 53 now, and 23 seems...well, two of my kids are older than that.

    Of course, I have the advantage in that I can blame my balance issues on my bifocals. What do bifocals have to do with balance? I don't know, but that is my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
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        12-23-2011, 12:36 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Excuse me? Old? Gettoudaheya! I started at 41, I am 53 now. No way is 38 "old". Much less 23.
    A person at 23 is near to the peak of the physical body. So, please don't feel old now.
    Oh I was just being sarcastic Thing is, I feel 18 again when I get to the barn. I'm almost giddy as I lead her from her stall each day and over the moon when I'm in the saddle. I'm so excited to know you started at 41..everyone tells me life doesn't really start to be fun until the 40s.
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        12-23-2011, 12:39 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bsms    
    I can top that. I started at 50! I'm also 53 now, and 23 seems...well, two of my kids are older than that.

    Of course, I have the advantage in that I can blame my balance issues on my bifocals. What do bifocals have to do with balance? I don't know, but that is my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
    That excuse makes perfect sense to me! My excuse is my bad back...everything is blamed on the bad back
         
        12-23-2011, 02:40 PM
      #15
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bsms    
    I can top that. I started at 50! I'm also 53 now, and 23 seems...well, two of my kids are older than that.

    Of course, I have the advantage in that I can blame my balance issues on my bifocals. What do bifocals have to do with balance? I don't know, but that is my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

    PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTT

    We all know it is because you are MALE !!!!!
         
        12-23-2011, 02:44 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTT

    We all know it is because you are MALE !!!!!

    Or maybe its because he doesn't have EIGHT legs to hang on with?!?!
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        12-24-2011, 08:08 PM
      #17
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by With Grace    
    Oh I was just being sarcastic Thing is, I feel 18 again when I get to the barn. I'm almost giddy as I lead her from her stall each day and over the moon when I'm in the saddle. I'm so excited to know you started at 41..everyone tells me life doesn't really start to be fun until the 40s.
    Haha... my 50's are the best ever, even better than the 30's which were pretty darn fun.

    Oh, and bsms, I've got you beat at both ages
    Also with trifocals. Yes indeed. Trip all the time with them, thank goodness I don't wear them riding!

    With Grace, may you always find new adventures to keep you feeling young!
         
        12-24-2011, 10:30 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I have everyone beat now that I'm past 60. Been riding all my life but only got halfway good at it over the past half dozen years. And by the way, OP, that does NOT mean it'll take you that long. The best way to progress fast is to find a really good instructor and ride as much as you possibly can. If you're like me, the more you ride the more you'll want to ride! Also, I gotta say it, if you can somehow get your own horse, nothing compares to that. When I didn't have my own horse, no matter how easy it was to get to the barn, I always felt a little shy about it, having to ask if so-and-so was available to ride, etc.

    But if you're not at that point yet, I second the combination of yoga and Pilates. Balance and core strengthening are what you need. Besides those, lunge lessons are your friend. Any way you can start doing that? I didn't see whether you were at a large barn with other students; if you are, maybe you and another student could trade off lunging each other. And does your barn allow practice rides at a reduced price? If so, really take advantage of that.

    Personally I found bike riding wasn't helpful for my equestrianism, it required different balance and used entirely different muscles.

    Finally, the one book I would recommend to anybody who really wants to get their head into how to be a great rider is Sally Swift's Centered Riding. She also has DVDs and has certified instructors who teach her system, and you can learn a LOT from both. My one Centered Riding clinic made a permanent difference in my riding.

    Good luck and many happy years of riding to come!
         
        12-24-2011, 10:58 PM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Rule of Reason    
    I have everyone beat now that I'm past 60. Been riding all my life but only got halfway good at it over the past half dozen years. And by the way, OP, that does NOT mean it'll take you that long. The best way to progress fast is to find a really good instructor and ride as much as you possibly can. If you're like me, the more you ride the more you'll want to ride! Also, I gotta say it, if you can somehow get your own horse, nothing compares to that. When I didn't have my own horse, no matter how easy it was to get to the barn, I always felt a little shy about it, having to ask if so-and-so was available to ride, etc.

    But if you're not at that point yet, I second the combination of yoga and Pilates. Balance and core strengthening are what you need. Besides those, lunge lessons are your friend. Any way you can start doing that? I didn't see whether you were at a large barn with other students; if you are, maybe you and another student could trade off lunging each other. And does your barn allow practice rides at a reduced price? If so, really take advantage of that.

    Personally I found bike riding wasn't helpful for my equestrianism, it required different balance and used entirely different muscles.

    Finally, the one book I would recommend to anybody who really wants to get their head into how to be a great rider is Sally Swift's Centered Riding. She also has DVDs and has certified instructors who teach her system, and you can learn a LOT from both. My one Centered Riding clinic made a permanent difference in my riding.

    Good luck and many happy years of riding to come!

    Hopefully I'll have one of my own eventually! It's one of those dreams of mine! :)

    We have two instructors at my barn so I'm fairly certain one of them wouldn't mind throwing me a lunge lesson or two if I asked. I've never had one, so I'm curious to see what it'd be like. Probably helpful without having to worry about stop, go, and steering.

    Since I do volunteer work at the barn where I ride, I get to exercise the percheron (who is also one of the lesson horses) whenever I like, so I'll have plenty of practice outside lessons. It's really nice since I can't really afford more than one or two actual lessons a week right now.

    I have Sally Swift's book! It arrived just before our vacation trip and it was a wonderful Christmas gift (to myself). XD I've been reading it on and off the past week and I'm looking forward to trying out the techniques. I love how visual her descriptions are because I'm a very visual person and I think being able to keep the images in mind will really help.
         
        12-25-2011, 12:29 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Welcome to the forum and welcome to the horse world! You're making a great decision to get involved.... And 23 is NOT "old".... From my position at 58, it looks quite young.

    Horses are truly unique creatures and I suspect that you'll find (as I have) that you can develop a bond with a horse that doesn't happen with any other creature. Take your time and enjoy that process as it happens. It's priceless.....

    The information that is available today is wonderful. When I started (in the early 60s) we didn't have the multitude of sources for info that exist today and the ability that we have now to find reference material on almost any facet of horses/horsemanship as well as to exchange info with other folks online is really cool.

    Being able to "just ride" and spend any kind of time (1) in the saddle and/or (2) working with a horse in between your lessons is of extreme value. You have to have the "saddle time" in order to develop the skills that your lessons will try to teach and as your hours in the saddle add up, you'll become positively comfortable with things that might seem awkward or even scary at first. As saddle time adds up, you'll also become more and more confident/comfortable with your ability to handle unexpected events (spooks etc).

    You're about to embark on something that can bring you tremendous pleasure in ways that are unique. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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