too late to start?
I come tonight with my hat in hand to seek guidance, advice.
First a bit about myself. Recently 47, I remember riding horses on the dairy as a child when I was 6, but I haven't ridden anything since. Even then it was just something we kind of fell into. Nobody ever really taught us anything, we just led our horse to the fence and climbed on board. :) I remember nothing about it other than I remember riding in pastures.
Life happened over the years and while I've always liked horses I've never really had the time or funds to think about learning to ride(the family dairy is long gone). That and I've been more than a bit heavy for riding. However that's been on the mend this last year and I figure I've got about another 3 or 4 months until I hit the 230's or so again with my ultimate goal of 220 at 6'4". While that still puts me on the large end of things I think I can find a barn that will be willing to teach me on their horses at that size in the area.
So, the question is, is it too late to learn? I'll admit, I don't bounce like I did when I was younger. The thought of falling/being thrown from a horse isn't high on my list of things to do. However I believe that hiding in your house doesn't mean you live any longer, just means life is a bit more boring.
I'm sure I'll have a lot more questions as things go forward, if they go forward. I don't know if I should look at english or western, or if it even matters at this point. All I know is that I think it would be really kind of a nice, fun, neat thing to find myself on a horse. But if i do, I really want to do it the right way, the safe way, the way where I learn good habits and learn to work with a horse correctly in partnership.
I'm just feeling a bit timid about the whole thing though and wonder, have I left it for too long before I started.
What say you?