Starting Horse Showing at the Ripe Old Age of 21!
Hi everyone. I didn't get to grow up with horses (I had one for an ill-fated year when I was 10 but all he did was buck me off and make me fearful of horses for years. So I didn't have the best of beginnings!) When I was 18, I got another horse, and right now my herd is 2.5 (two big horses, 1 mini lol.) Last year, I showed my Quarter Horse at a local, open show in Halter Class (we finished 2nd) and Trail Class (we were unplaced, but did pretty well.) It was so much fun. Over the last year I saved up enough money to finally buy my own truck and trailer so I'm going to try to go to more local shows because I thought it was so much fun. Right now I'm interested in western divisions, mainly like western pleasure, halter again, trail again, and maybe a few others. I just wondered how out of place I'll feel at shows being 21. Luckily, the show I went to last year was a variety of ages. But I want to join the local saddle club but I'm afraid it's mostly younger 4H type kids and I don't want to be the old person! Also, I've never had lessons so I want to start of pretty basically (I still consider myself a beginner so I'm not looking to be a national champion or something! Just show on a local level.) I just wondered if anyone else started showing this late in life, or at least if you can offer me some tips on doing it!