this is why 50+ classes at shows are such fun, there are many people who hit 50 with some junk in the trunk, or in my case on the roof bars, strapped to the side pods, and everywhere else. A lot of us now love our mounting blocks, and spend far more time teaching our horses to stand still, while we clamber on less than elegantly, that is just life.
But hey I spent yesterday afternoon watching an older cowboy with a replacement hip mounting off of the ground and climbing on and off 3 year olds that he is starting, so we aren't all decrepit.
Seriously, if you can find a way to ride, safely and on the right horse, and you love doing it, then don't let people stop you,you only come this way once.
I did have to laugh, when I got my breath back, when I came off of Ben, the trainer comes running over
"lie still is anything broken?"
"Did you hit your head, did you black out? "
"You didn't damage your knees did you?"