Uhhhh! I feel so hopeless! It's my dream to get into western pleasure, western mounted shooting, and reining competitively......and I don't have a horse! I feel that if I wait to get out of college in 6 years it'll be too late......I know most of y'all who do western riding started when y'all were teens or young. And it takes years of practice to get to a good competitive level, and I feel like I'll never be that great or be able to compete because I'll be WAY behind all of y'all who have been riding since you were my age....I feel discouraged. 6 years is such a LONG time before I can be a horse owner.....I want to ride more than anything right now and I can't.....
The good thing about horses is that their will always be some around. Unlike most other sports, riding can be done at any age, so there's really no need to hurry. Just because you didn't start young, doesn't mean you won't turn out to be a fantastic rider! Keep you chin up and you'll get there eventually!
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Its never too late I don't think.
I don't know what the ages are in western riding but I doubt only people who are young can do it. It's likely that the people who compete grew up in horsey families so they stayed doing it - but less people actually get into the sport who aren't from those families.
It's not so much about the length of time you have done something, but the time that you put into it. If one person has ridden for five years once a week are they better than a rider who has ridden one year every day?
Not everyone has the same experience regardless about when they ride of for how long or anything. There are no recipes for a successful rider.
Why don't you look for what you can do? I'm in university and I have a horse. You might be able to lease, volunteer or something, who knows?
Fweeeeew! My mom said I could star lessons soon! :D I feel MUCH better....sometimes I just get really discouraged and frustrated. It's hard loving horses and not owning one.....
Horse racer, I was there most of my life! Read everything I could, watched every show possible, even practiced my riding position on our old swing set. It is tough! But hang in there and don't let anyone bully you out of your dream!
My mom looked at prices for lessons....she's not happy with the price....I feel like I'm never going to get to ride. When you take group lessons, are you put in a certain age group, or will I have to ride with like 10 year olds....that would feel kinda weird with me being 17.....haha
They usually separate you on both age and ability.
At 17 they might end up putting you with an adult group, even though you're not quite one yet!
If you're a beginner they might even recommend a course of private lessons first so that they can put you in a more intermediate group closer to your age.
Ask these questions when calling about lessons.
At 17 I'd already had a few jobs, I had to pay for driving lessons for myself and such. Perhaps you could get your own job and pay for your own lessons? Even if your parents will pay for one, if you're super keen on riding, you could get two a week.
But, yeah I'll definitly need to check. I would be fine riding with adults and people my age....just not with little girls. Haha :lol:
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