Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
• Horses: 0
I was congratulated in one of my other posts for taking up riding at an "older" age (42).
I went to a club show just last week with my family. The point was to see some beautiful horses, let the girls have a look at some of their riding options, and just spend some time as a family doing something we all enjoy.
The riders in this particular show ranged from 10 to mid-50's (best guess). I don't know how I might have felt if the show had been nothing but kids. I do know that when I'm at the stables, the average rider is easily young enough to be my own offspring.
I expected some of the "look at the old-timer, mid-life crisis guy - guess he couldn't afford a Ferrari..."
Honestly, I didn't get it. Likewise, when I visited the local equine college (William Woods) and toured the stables, all the of the college kids were gracious, engaging, and not the least bit condescending.
So, while I can appreciate your uneasiness, I think it might be misplaced. With very few exceptions, all the horse people I've met, of all ages, races, and walks of life, have been gracious, encouraging, and anxious to share their passion with others.
I'd say, to the best of your ability, don't let it make you too uncomfortable. Just smile and feel good that you bring maturity and perspective to a lifestyle that transcends age.
Or you could make a point of telling them that life is just waiting to dash all their hopes and dreams.
One of those should work.