About to begin ACTUAL lessons!
Ok so i'm 16 and I'm am just now taking actual riding lessons. Now don't get me wrong, I am NO stranger when it comes to dealing with horses. I've been around them all the time for about 3 years since I met my best friend(who owns 3 horses). I've been riding western casually(walking, trotting, loping). And I know how to lunge horses pretty well i think XD
Oh and I can only take 2 lessons per month :/
But anyway, I was just wondering if its too late for me to start Western Pleasure? I adore horses and I have the drive to learn well and fast, but I wonder if I can 'catch up' with people who have been riding since like birth.
Oh so exciting! I know exactly how you feel! I'm 15 and got my first horse when I was 7 but took lessons before that, so I know how to handle em. I'm wanting to start lessons and get into barrels/gymkhana, so I have kinda wondered the same thing before. I think if you learn fast and since you already had a background of horses, you will pick up on it quite quickly! you know the basics, so you aren't starting from the very beginning. I think everyone should take some lessons here and there or have a trainer, always nice to have a second pair of eyes! :) Good luck! :)
I know so many people who started riding as teenagers or adults and have become wonderful riders, even upper level competitive riders. You are 16!
@jmike I have a lot of those things >:D (I think anyway)
@kimijo eep thats awesome! What kind of horse? And thanks :D
@plomme ok, thats awesome! That boosts my confidence! :DD
16 is absolutely not too late!! I am 17 and just recently (in May) started English lessons for the first time in my life... I had NO experience before then, like, couldn't even sit on a horse properly!! I have never done Western, but it certainly can't be that much different. I am already pretty good at walking and trotting and starting to canter (similar to the lope) with one lesson per week. Maybe your friend would let you practice what you are learning with her horses? Just make sure it isn't something that would be dangerous since you won't have an instructor to help you.
Riding is definitely something that you can do all the way into "old age".. I too felt all anxious and like I HAD to progress faster.. But now I'm realizing I still have my whole life ahead of me! There are many people on here that are in there 40s+ and either just picked riding up again or some even that are just getting into it. So you will see it isn't like gymnastics where you lose the ability to do it with age. Good luck and have fun!
Age is just a number :) All that matters is that you have determination and you keep at it! Practice as much as possible, ask questions and learn everything you can. :D Congrats on starting up the best hobby ever! and good luck at your lesson :)
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