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        05-15-2013, 11:01 AM
    Green Broke
    Well, I started riding when I was about 2 years old.

    Went to my first horse show when I was 4 years old (halter classes, western pleasure, and gaming barrels & poles).

    Took my first official riding lesson at age 25, and have taken a lesson here and there for various disciplines.

    So I guess you could say I took the "back way" to riding, because I just plain grew up doing it. You are certainly never too old for riding lessons though! You can always learn new things.

    Maybe for some persceptive, I have a younger cousin who started taking riding lessons probably about 4 or 5 years ago. And I believe last year was when she competed in her first schooling show. She does not have her own horse, so she uses her trainer's horse. I just watched her compete at a show this past weekend and each event was $10 (she did 5 events), plus the trainer charges $75 for the day to use her horse and for coaching, plus her mom and dad drove 3 hours one way to the show (gas $$$), please you buy food to eat while you are there, etc etc. They said for the whole weekend, they were spending about $300 when it was all said and done --- and that was without overnight stalls.
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        05-15-2013, 12:43 PM
    Thank you, beau159! I appreciate it.
        05-15-2013, 01:42 PM
    Green Broke
    Although I started riding at an early age (5/6), I didn't really take riding lessons until I was a teenager for a few years. Then, because of life events, I didn't ride for a few years. When I got back into riding, it took a year before I attempted a show, and then it was a disaster.... I didn't show again for another 6 months or so, and on a different horse. I also take, on average, one private lesson a month, just because of how my shifts fall.

    I didn't start to show until I was 25ish. :) I still only do schooling shows/fall fairs, with an odd other show thrown in, since showing is expensive. Plus, the division I would be in for Trillium goes on a Friday, and I can't call in sick to work for a horse show. Lose money to spend money? No thanks. LOL
        05-23-2013, 08:41 AM
    I started taking lessons as an adult, age 25! It took me a year and a half to go to my first show, I was taking lessons once a week. I did two classes, halter and adult english walk/trot. Find a local fun show and start small. You never know who your competition is going to be, and if you don't do well, you aren't out as much money. And have fun! And bring safety pins.
        05-23-2013, 09:05 AM
    Green Broke
    I guess it whenever your instructor feels is right. They have youth and adult W/T only and W/T individual canter classes. It's just a matter of finding a local show that has those classed. Also, if you ride W/T youth you may not like being stuck with kids much younger then you.
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        06-03-2013, 11:25 AM
    Thank you for all your input! I really appreciate it!
        06-05-2013, 10:01 PM
    I started riding (complete beginner) when I was 23, I went to my first show after about 18 months of lessons.
    I am now 26 and am in my second year of competing. I love it. This year my horse (the one in my avatar) have finished top 10 in all our shows, which is a long way from the eliminations and bottom fives that we got last year. Next weekend we are moving up a grade and I am treating it the same as I treated my first ever show - not aiming for anything special for our first run at a higher grade, I will be happy completing... and yes the nerves will prob kick in, but it's all a learning curve :)

    My first show was an ODE and we got eliminated in SJ but were still allowed to go XC. The whole thing was a massive learning curve. I was nervous and tense but luckily I have a great friend who helped me out, got my horse ready for me, helped me warm up and tried to talk me through my nerves. I think nerves are very common for people's first shows. No matter how much preparation you do, you will still get the butterflies.

    My advice would be that if you feel ready, you prob are. Just go out and do local stuff, don't expect to do well and just go for the experience - no pressure. As you get better and more confident, your results will improve. :) good luck xx
        06-12-2013, 10:14 PM
    I started riding as soon as I was old enough to sit on a horse by myself. I started actually riding competitively around age 5 and showed until I was 19.
    I grew up with horses, so I'm not so sure I'm a good example.
        06-13-2013, 07:43 AM
    I think my first barrel class was when I was 5 or 6! Got old video, my horse trotted so sweetly, got off course and someone had to get me back on track! It wasn't until several years later that speed came into the picture and no help needed to keep the pattern.
        06-17-2013, 12:48 PM
    I've been riding for over 7 years but my first show was in 2010. Then in 2011 I was in a state FFA horse show, and finally last year I began my first real year of showing. I went to about 5 or 6 shows. This year I've been to 3.

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