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        12-29-2012, 09:53 PM
      #31
    Weanling
    Never too old to give it a go. Make sure you go somewhere that will teach you well, consider your fitness level and allows you to have fun.

    I'm back riding after many years break - young horses, work and other stuff just meant I couldn't get in the saddle like I used to.
         
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        12-29-2012, 10:04 PM
      #32
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    My mom says that when she was 30, she thought is was too late to start. That is also when she was absolutely terrified of horses. Wouldn't even look at them (literally.) Now, at about 41/42 she knows everything there is to know about horses.
    I say, it's never too late to start. If your 90 and wanna start - go for it! Plenty of people would be willing to help their best with anything. Even me! So I say, go get 'em and have fun.
    Oh, and if you do need any help with ANYTHING - let me know and I will do my best.
    Momma says that I will be a great horseman (or should I say horsewoman) someday - and that's who I plan to be. I would love to help. I don't know everything, but I'm willing to give it a try.
         
        12-30-2012, 12:02 AM
      #33
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by amberly    
    I say, it's never too late to start.
    I disagree: when they put you in a pine box, stick it in a hole in the ground, and start shovelling dirt on top, THEN it's too late. But not until then
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        12-30-2012, 12:39 AM
      #34
    Weanling
    A friend of mine at 60 watched some John Wayne movies and decided to take up riding. He bought a horse that was well-trained but had a lot of Thoroughbred blood and was excitable. He kept saying that he wanted to ride, but at his age he was not willing to fall off.

    All the ladies at the stable kept telling him that if he rode he was taking the risk that he would fall off. He said, "I just can't do it. It will be the end of me." We said, "Well then you just can't ride."

    He kept riding and got himself hooked. After four or five months, a few of us were all out on a trail ride when our friend tried to slow his horse as the trail narrowed, but his horse was a bit excited and pushed ahead, causing the man to lose his balance and come off.

    We could see that he was down but breathing and moving, but the trail was too narrow for us to go back and assist. After informing him of this, our friend managed to himself up, cussing and yelling, and found himself bruised and unbroken and able to get back on his horse.

    That was several years ago, and he is still hooked and riding. He's come off a couple more times, but thankfully has not been seriously injured. My impression is that once he came off the horse and survived, he decided it was worth the risk to be doing what he loved.
         
        12-30-2012, 11:15 AM
      #35
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    I disagree: when they put you in a pine box, stick it in a hole in the ground, and start shovelling dirt on top, THEN it's too late. But not until then
    But then you could still do it in the afterlife! Lol
         
        12-30-2012, 12:19 PM
      #36
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    I disagree: when they put you in a pine box, stick it in a hole in the ground, and start shovelling dirt on top, THEN it's too late. But not until then
    And I disagree with you. I plan to be cremated and catch a ride to the top of a mountain and have my ashes spread. If I'm lucky, some of my ash will stick to a horse and catch a ride back down again!

    Here's an idea for you. You still need to learn ground handling and care of horses, winter is the perfect time for that. Go start your lessons now and have that part out of the way for when you can hop on a horse. Even better...it's exercise!
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        12-30-2012, 12:40 PM
      #37
    Yearling
    Bill Dorrance rode until the end of his life at 94, though admittedly he had more experience lol.

    What matters more than your age or even your weight is your physical confidence, your balance, and your general ability to use your body. There are some overweight riders (I include myself in that category, at least for now) who get along fine because they have some measure of athleticism with which to compensate for the lack of being 20 years old and skinny. I think that riding horses is sometimes made out to be more complicated than it has to be. 95% of it is just muscle memory gained through repetition. Largely a matter of staying up there long enough to become comfortable with it. At first it seems like you're 30' off the ground. I remember thinking when I first started "this is a lot higher up than it seems when you're standing on the ground!". But you get over it.

    One thing you could try would be to go find one of these outfits that rents horses out for 1-2 hour trail rides, and go on a ride every day for a week (on different horses). By the end of that, you'll be able to ride a horse.
         
        12-30-2012, 12:51 PM
      #38
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Ian McDonald    
    One thing you could try would be to go find one of these outfits that rents horses out for 1-2 hour trail rides, and go on a ride every day for a week (on different horses). By the end of that, you'll be able to ride a horse.
    I wouldn't recommend doing it for a week straight. Spend 2hrs in the saddle for the first time and you might not be able to walk for a couple of days, this is exactly what happened to me and I was 25. There are muscles being used in a way that they are not used to being used. Try it for a week straight and your just as likely to end up hating riding as loving it. Taking a rented trail ride is a good idea but I wouldn't do it more than once a week until you build up those muscles.
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        12-30-2012, 01:07 PM
      #39
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    I disagree: when they put you in a pine box, stick it in a hole in the ground, and start shovelling dirt on top, THEN it's too late. But not until then
    I do agree with you, though this story is related...

    In endurance riding, there are a number of rules about the condition of the horse and being able to even begin the ride, continue it, and be placed at the finish based on whether your horse is "fit to continue." However, there is not a single rule about the condition of the rider, and we're often in worse shape than the horses.

    About ten years ago, there was a ride (I believe in Utah) with an elderly man. Most endurance riders I've met are retirement age, anyway, because they have the time and money to do such a sport. Somewhere in the last 10 miles of the ride, this man suffered a heart attack and passed away. However, the horse kept him balanced and completed the ride. The horse was deemed "fit to continue" and all other rules were met, so he was awarded a completion and was placed! (and I don't mean in a coffin... at least not at that moment)
         
        12-30-2012, 01:19 PM
      #40
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Darrin    
    I wouldn't recommend doing it for a week straight. Spend 2hrs in the saddle for the first time and you might not be able to walk for a couple of days, this is exactly what happened to me and I was 25. There are muscles being used in a way that they are not used to being used. Try it for a week straight and your just as likely to end up hating riding as loving it. Taking a rented trail ride is a good idea but I wouldn't do it more than once a week until you build up those muscles.
    Ha! Yeah. I sometimes do forget that I'm a little more hardcore into this than most would be. If you were able to do it though, it'll make you good!
         

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