I am a returning-ex-rider (I didn't ride for about 7 years). You never know where life will take you! I have met people who will let experienced riders take their horses out free of charge - no strings attached.
Just to give you hope, my mom is nearly 50 and is just returning to riding after basically 30 years of being financially unable to ride. She is doing better then me! She's a little stiffer afterwards but on the horse she's got real nature skill... I think it takes a LOT of time to take a thing like that away.
I don't want to say it will surely happen for you, but you gotta keep your eyes peeled, maybe even post ads on Craigslist asking to excercise horses? I am currently filling out an application form to voulenteer for Therapeutic Riding for the Disabled (because I can't get enough of horses) and I think it's a great idea, good for the heart, too.
Last edited by cfralic; 09-30-2011 at 03:09 PM.