I'm almost 30, and I've been around horses since I was born. My dad taught himself and plopped me on a horse with the instructions "kick means go, pull means stop" and everything else I've picked up by accident, experience, or reading about it somewhere.
I started taking lessons for the first time late this past summer, and while I knew I had a lot to learn it's been really interesting finding out all the stuff I DON'T know. Apparently, I hold my legs totally wrong (too far forward with my toes practically straight out to the sides ) and I lean forward too much. In just a few months of lessons I can really feel my balance changing and it's getting a lot easier to hold myself in the 'correct' position, and it's finally starting to feel natural instead of off-balance but I know I have a looooong way to go.
I'm having a blast and even after the rougher lessons where it just felt like nothing went right, and my legs feel like bowlegged jell-o, I hope I can keep going with them for a long time.
Just wondering about the experiences of other self-taught riders who've taken lessons have gone - did you enjoy it or was it just frustrating?