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post #1 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Started riding horses at age 50, and loving it!

January 2012 I thought I'd take a unique vacation and went to a Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas for a whole week; because I'd always liked Western books and movies. I was in terrible physical shape and had no real riding experience. What was I thinking? By the end of the week I'd logged 15hrs in the saddle, could hardly walk through the airport; but had been transformed into a horse addict. When I came home to SC (and recovered) I started going to the gym and used a personal trainer, found a great Chiropractor (a must have), and began taking (English) riding lessons a month before my 50th birthday. By the end of the year I was riding 3 times a week and helping at the barn on weekends. For New Years (2013) I went back to the same Dude Ranch in TX and showed off my improvements; logging 25 hours saddle time, and just being comfortably sore at the end. This year I have been going to the barn every day and have been leasing since March, riding almost daily. My core, legs, and balance are easily as strong if not stronger than they were in my 30's, or ever. Since May I've been working with a 6yr old Saddlebred rescue "project horse" that my instructor traded for with me in mind. Aaron is a hot mess but adorable. My wonderful instructor is teaching me the basic techniques of horse training and I love it. The more I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to discover about these amazing animals...and myself. Those of you who grew up with horses and/or have had them as part of your daily lives for years are truly blessed. Never ever take the experience for granted!!

Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby...
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 05:03 PM
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Welcome, Michael. And well said!!
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 05:06 PM
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Hi michaelinsc and welcome! It sounds like you are really enjoying your horse life. ;-D

I started riding when I was 40 and two years ago we moved to an equestrian community in Florida.

When people ask me how I got 'into' horses, I tell them I was blessed to have a husband who encouraged me to try something I had never done (and I was not a risk taker at all) to see if I liked it. His hobby is something that doesn't rock me, so he felt it important that I find something I'd want to do when he was busy with his passion.

Having a horse at home and riding 3-4 days a week is something I would have never envisioned for myself growing up and I couldn't be happier!
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post #4 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 05:08 PM
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I love stories like this. Thank you for sharing and welcome to the forum.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 05:12 PM
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Congratulations! I started riding at 50 too. I did it the hard way - bought a horse who was supposed to be 'perfect for a beginner' and just started riding. The last 5 years have been eventful, but my mare and I are finally starting to merge where I'm riding at the level she needs to be ridden at...starting to get there. I'm very glad to hear you are a lot smarter than I was! Your approach will be smarter and smoother than mine.

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 05:59 PM
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Thank you for sharing :) . It's a very nice feeling discovering horses for the first time isn't it?
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post #7 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 08:22 PM
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Welcome and hanks for sharing. I wanted a horse all my life as a little girl but never got one. I am 40 now and got my first horse at 20 and am truly can not imagine not avng one.
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 08:37 PM
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Welcome to the forum and I like your story. Horses and riding also came later in my life, we aren't all born on a horse...

I've had my horses at home for 12 years and I'm still learning. And it does keep us active and in shape.
Please share your adventure training the new horse. And we love pictures too!

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 09:14 PM
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It's funny how you go through life and always have little items on your wish shelf that never get started. Well, I am now 60 and just started lessons 5 months ago. It is easily the favorite part of my week and probably the only time my mind is fully focused on something I truly want to do (insert the word Work here). :)
I arrive early and stay late simply to clean & muck.
I just like being around the horses, almost as much as I like to ride. Well, almost.
My post trot and two- point are still inconsistent, but I started jumping this past week and it was a remarkable feeling. I have no ill regrets for waiting so long, I'm just proud to say I'm a rider. How very cool !

My very best to you
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-27-2013, 09:17 PM
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Wow, what a great start! Nothing like riding a horse and enjoying life.
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