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post #491 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks I will try to find something
I live in Western BC

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post #492 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by LostInTheWoods02114 View Post

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.

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I can assure you that you will not have forgotten balance or how to ride!

My mother rode as a child on a cob mare they had for taking my grandfather around to his work in a trap.
She never really learned to ride as they just messed about in the orchard bareback and halterless. When the mare got fed up she would go under the low branches and drag mother and her two siblings off.

When I started riding mum always wanted to come when we were bringing the horses in from the fields, bareback.
One Sunday she came with us. Riding was my sport, bad enough that my little sister and cousin had started, to have mum was something I did not want!

The field we collected the horses from was about 2 miles from the stables on downland (silly name as it is steep hills) Mum didn't own any slacks so had a pair of dad's trousers. Mum being 5'4" Dad 6'.
She was going to ride a big draft x mare. Mum would not let me give her a leg up but wanted to get on from the style. I stood the mare alongside and Mum jumped. She was nearly on but couldn't get her leg over because the trousers had slipped and the crutch was down near her knees effectively tying her legs together. She got the giggles.
This field is a beauty spot so there were a lot of people around and hearing mother's infectious laughter, they were looking at us and not the views.
As happens, the more people watching the more people stopped to see what was going on.
Mother was useless every time she tried to get on the trousers slipped, she was showing her corset as at one point they fell down to her ankles.
My sister, cousin and friends were also in hysterics, sat on the ponies waiting. I had called mother 'Mum' so claiming her as mine.
The more times she tried the worse it got. The audience was now a crowd and growing. Me as a 11 year old was so frustrated and embarrassed and getting cross. Cleo, the mare was also getting fed up and kept moving away from the style.
Eventually mother stood on the top slat whilst a stranger held her legs so she could balance. With one hand holding the trousers up she stepped across onto Cleo's back. The cheer that went up was almost a standing ovation.

It had taken what seemed like hours to get her mounted and as I never wanted to go through the procedure again we trotted all the way to the stables.
Mum never moved. Her sitting trot was as near to perfect yet she hadn't ridden since she was about 8 years, I couldn't believe it.

The next day Mum could hardly walk she was so stiff! I well remember it.

Several years later when I was working tt he stables a couple came to ride. They had been there when it all went on and had actually cine filmed it all.

Mum often rode but put a saddle on the horse and she was useless. It was alien to her and she was all over the place.

When the kids had the ponies with me Mum was here staying with them. I almost fell over backwards when I went to the arena and found her on Sponsor, a 12.2 pony, bareback and cantering around quite happily.

Mum was was 80 at the time!
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post #493 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 05:22 AM
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I am 41 and put the first ride on a filly yesterday.
I do not have the agility of the young people, it's true.
But I do have lots of patience, and knowledge that comes from being long in the tooth.
We can do anything the youngsters can do! We just do it slower. LOL

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post #494 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by With Grace View Post
Welcome lostinthewoods!

Don't listen to what others say, follow your dream, you won't believe how good for the soul it is. Riding will hurt more than you remember, in places you didnt know could hurt...but youll also feel much younger! I feel like a kid agsin every time I pull into the barn.
I agree 100%! At the energetic age of 47, I now own my first horse and have her home, Grace is a soon-to-be owner, Country Woman is on her way to leasing... Yesss!!! :)
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post #495 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 09:27 AM
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Welcome to the forum, LostInTheWoods!
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post #496 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 11:18 AM
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Feel silly having 3 in a row here - (had a huge snowstorm yesterday-computer acting up last night)
I think this is appropriate for this thread, and I feel the need to mention...

Many prayers going out for Davy Jones' wife and daughters - not only was he a salt of the earth gentleman, but an avid jockey/equestrian his entire life. Was just with his horses before passing away, and I know they'll be looking for him now.....

I grew up watching the Monkees re-runs, and always admired his clean, wholesome lifestyle, and how he often mentioned his family back in England. What a positive mark he's made in this world, and such an excellent example for many.
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post #497 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 11:40 AM
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Well, today was the day I was going to go test ride the "dream horse". As it turns out, she sold last night...I am so very bummed. I have an appt to see another horse tomorrow, but the seller hasn't yet sent me directions, which she said she'd do Monday, so not sure that will work out either. I did see another online last night I'm quite interested in seeing, so maybe that seller will get back to me. He's a really pretty boy with graceful movement...and only a ten minute drive from my house. Still, am kind of down today.

On the bright side, my hubby found a deal on a very nice three horse trailer we'll look at tonight...which would be great if it works out, since we're heading to a show again next Saturday and not sure we have transportation for it yet.

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post #498 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Good luck Grace with finding a horse for you

I talked to Marc yesterday and we are looking into the second or third
Week of March

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post #499 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 04:25 PM
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I'm 56 and started riding again about 18 months ago after 35 years. As a young kid I had lessons for a few years and even owned a sweet MorganX gelding until I went to college. After that, school, personal drama and city living crowded out horses and riding.

In an aha moment, I realized that it was now or never so on advice from a friend I'm riding with dressage instructors (no doubt mostly still working on the basics). I find that it's really different and harder than what I learned as a kid. Mostly, I've got to think more about things and then do them until they become automatic. Not to mention that falling off hurts more. I look forward to those two hours per week more than anything else though.

I just want to be a competant horse person with enough knowlege to recognize my limitations. It's good to find people who are, well, seasoned like me and can sympathize with creaky joints. Hopefully there's a horse in my future though I think I'll always need to rely on a good boarding stable. These animals are complicated.
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post #500 of 29438 Old 03-01-2012, 04:28 PM
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So, are you still allowing the "young" 35+ bunch in here?? I went and hit the half way to 70 mark this week......
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