As my introduction post said I am 67 and overweight (but losing). I am finding riding for the first time in 25 years incredibly difficult. No question I have to use a block, my horse is 16.2 and at the moment I have great problems getting off - really need a "sky hook" to get on and off!!! Things are improving my mind remembers what I should be doing but I have to recreate the neural pathways and it is taking time. Muscle tone - what muscle tone, I hadn't got any when I started but slowly with stretching exercises as well I think its improving. If I don't try I might just as well give up sit down and wait to die. So whether I am foolish, time will tell - but when I am just riding George round the lanes at a walk, watching birds and other wildlife it does my soul good. So all you older riders take heart it is never to late.