I'm pretty far from a typical beginner (being a guy, and 36 years old), but so far that hasn't presented a problem. I'm mixing western lessons with trail riding and am trying to get as much time in the saddle as possible. I live in New York City, which makes it a bit tricky (the nearest western barn that I found is about an hour and a half away). Maybe one of these days I'll try riding English again. I'd love to hear suggestions from anyone for nearby places to ride.
No good horse pictures of me to post, but my avitar is me flying a P-51 Mustang called Crazy Horse 2 (my other passion is flying planes) - so hopefully that'll count for something