I started having riding lessons when I was 12, and got my TWH when I was 13. We were both super green, too, but it's worked out and I've learned a lot from it. I will be 16 in less than a month, so soon I will have been riding for three and a half years. ;) I ride western, and I have ridden english some, but I prefer western because it just feels more "me".
**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**