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post #1 of 14 Old 07-14-2013, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Starting lessons, new here

Hi everyone. I've been reading the forum and thought I would introduce myself. I have just started taking riding lessons as a 40-something adult. I am so excited!.

I rode a little bit growing up because my cousins had horses. I rode by myself sometimes, but also spent a considerable amount of time in what my trainer called the "rumble seat". My cousins had a few stubborn ponies, and a big horse that was part thoroughbred and part QH, who loved to run. We could go awfully fast with me hanging on to the back of that saddle. Lol.

I have been wanting to do something for myself. We recently moved and it turns out that we're smack-dab in the middle of horse country, so I am treating myself to riding lessons! I just had my second lesson and got to trot (in a circle in a lunge line).

My cousins rode Western, but I have started with English, mainly because I just sort of fell into the barn where I'm taking lessons and that's what they do, and I think it will be a fun challenge. My trainer does mainly huntseat equitation and jumping. I'm still learning what that all means. I had always thought English was...well, just English! I'm uncertain if I will try jumping or not, but certainly have plenty of time before I make that decision. The trainer I'm working with likes to work slowly to build a solid foundation, and is willing to work not only with people who show, but also with people who just want to enjoy their horse, so there will be no pressure from her to have a goal I am not comfortable with.

One thing I LOVE is that she letting me get the horse ready and out it away. I get to brush her and clean her feet and everything! She's still helping me put on the saddle, and she'll be doing the bit/bridle for several more lessons, but eventually I'll do that too. I also get to brush the horse after riding and put her away, and next week she'll teach me how to clean the tack.

The people at the barn are very friendly and welcoming -- not at all intimidating. There are even a few barn cats. I'm about as giddy as a 10 year old about the whole thing. Lol. Well, that is probably enough for now.

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-14-2013, 10:14 AM
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Welcome!
I began riding @ 42.
Enjoy.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-14-2013, 12:52 PM
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Exciting! Sounds like the barn you are riding at is amazing.

I'm sure you are learning a lot from your instructor and will continue to learn at each lesson.

I started riding English, used to ride Western, and I love taking on a new challenge. More things to learn!
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-15-2013, 12:02 AM
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I just restarted my lesson too and I will be 42 soon. I grew up in the city, and I live I the Bay Area. It's very expensive to get riding lessons.
Stanford charges $100/hr for private lessons. I rode for 1-2 years over 10 years ago and decided to do this again!! I'm über excited!!
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-15-2013, 12:12 AM
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Hi everyone. I've been reading the forum and thought I would introduce myself. I have just started taking riding lessons as a 40-something adult. I am so excited!.

I rode a little bit growing up because my cousins had horses. I rode by myself sometimes, but also spent a considerable amount of time in what my trainer called the "rumble seat". My cousins had a few stubborn ponies, and a big horse that was part thoroughbred and part QH, who loved to run. We could go awfully fast with me hanging on to the back of that saddle. Lol.

I have been wanting to do something for myself. We recently moved and it turns out that we're smack-dab in the middle of horse country, so I am treating myself to riding lessons! I just had my second lesson and got to trot (in a circle in a lunge line).

My cousins rode Western, but I have started with English, mainly because I just sort of fell into the barn where I'm taking lessons and that's what they do, and I think it will be a fun challenge. My trainer does mainly huntseat equitation and jumping. I'm still learning what that all means. I had always thought English was...well, just English! I'm uncertain if I will try jumping or not, but certainly have plenty of time before I make that decision. The trainer I'm working with likes to work slowly to build a solid foundation, and is willing to work not only with people who show, but also with people who just want to enjoy their horse, so there will be no pressure from her to have a goal I am not comfortable with.

One thing I LOVE is that she letting me get the horse ready and out it away. I get to brush her and clean her feet and everything! She's still helping me put on the saddle, and she'll be doing the bit/bridle for several more lessons, but eventually I'll do that too. I also get to brush the horse after riding and put her away, and next week she'll teach me how to clean the tack.

The people at the barn are very friendly and welcoming -- not at all intimidating. There are even a few barn cats. I'm about as giddy as a 10 year old about the whole thing. Lol. Well, that is probably enough for now.
First off welcome to the forum! it's never to late to start riding! I really enjoyed reading the excitement in your post, and the amount of things you are learning. Looking forwards to hearing more about your progress with horses.
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Sounds like you've fallen into a little slice of heaven! Welcome to Horse Forum, and know that there are lots of us who start rather later in life.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-15-2013, 12:50 AM
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Welcome! We can't wait to hear all about your adventures :)
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-17-2013, 05:12 PM
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Welcome! I finally got my Dream Horse when I was 48. Bought him as a present to myself and now I can't imagine life without him.

I'm like a lot of others. I'm as excited as a little kid about all the fun Horse Adventures to come, and living vicariously through the 4-H exploits of the Barn Kids!
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-19-2013, 08:08 PM
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Congratulations on starting lessons. You have many fun experiences ahead of you ;).
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-22-2013, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Had to cancel last week's lesson due to the raging heat. So, I've had a lesson, a week off, a lesson, and now a week off I between again. I'm so looking forward to going on Thursday. I think the barn is so relaxing. When I finish with my lesson and put everything away, I will sit in a chair on the porch and pet the barn kitties. Sigh. I think I could enjoy being the every day.
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