Hello! I've really enjoyed reading here and seeing all of your photos.
I'm 48, inching closer horseback riding again. I last rode 28 years ago. Up until 5 years ago we always lived in the city, had busy lives with college, work, raising a family, and I never had the opportunity to do anything with my lifelong love and interest in horses. But now I can with our last child getting through high school. We're in the superb country location to own a horse or two, hoping to make it happen in a year or two or once we feel we've learned what we need to.
In the meantime, I have done lots of ground work with abused and neglected horses at various rescues to the point I am very confident handling them and feel ready to ride. The horses I rode in the past were draft horses or percherons and that's what I want to get back on again. I always felt safer on the big boys in the past. The horse I will start lessons on is a beautiful sound mellow older draft cross/???. A year ago I was terrified to get back to it. Today, I am very excited.
I've been working out at a gym and stretching at home regularly for the last few months hoping to get this 48-year-old body ready to handle it. Just walking and getting used to balance I think will be a challenge for me.
I've had some say it's kind of silly to start this at my age. Even at the rescues I work at, most working in horse rescue are teenagers with only a few my age range. I'm not letting what everyone says stop me though.
Happy to be a part of this group.