So I had to wait until I had my own life and income to satisfy my horse fever that never died out. And I try to do so as much as time and money allows.
I, admittedly, felt "late" and "behind" when I first began. And honestly I still feel that way at times: when someone my age brag and say they've been riding since they were 8, or when I see my riding instructor's kids bound over jumps with their 17hh Warmbloods while I'm trying to get the jog and lope down on a little ranch horse (who I've come to be very fond of due to his extreme patience!).
As time goes on I become more and more ok with this. I recently met a couple who began riding in their mid 30's. After 7 years of riding they now compete internationally in endurance rides and are quite successful.
In my short time on this board I've noticed that a majority of riders started early in life as a kid, but I've also seen a good number of people who started "late" (and I quote late because really, I don't know what others would consider late).
If you didn't start as a younger kid/teen, do share! How did you get into horses? What age?