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post #11 of 15 Old 08-12-2013, 12:47 PM
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This question comes up an awful lot. Not just with horse riding, but with acting, singing, dancing, running, gymnastics. I have felt like that in the past, and it is a horrible feeling. I felt like this both with acting and horse riding. But, the thing is. No matter what activity or passion it is, if you love it that much, there shouldnt be an age limit on what you love. And, horses really couldn't care less about the age you are, so why should you? All horses care about, is its owner. Whether your a 15 year old horse owner, or whether your a 67 year old horse owner. Horses want love and attention from YOU. It's hard to shake off the fact that maybe you are 47 and you have just started lessons. I don't know about you, but at my old stable, there were girls just aged 7 years old! It's surprising. But, in my opinion, children don't take in things as well as adults do. My first time on a pony was when I was about 6, and when I starting riding horses when I was 12, I couldn't remember squat about what to do. And even 12 is rather young to be doing such a dangerous, committed sport. I'm 15 now, and just about to go to a new riding school. Many people would complain that I am still too young to be doing it which puts me in a vulnerable state against such a huge, robust animal. But I say, hey? I love what i'm doing. I wouldn't change it for the world. No matter what age you are, you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. Hope this helped to anyone struggling with the whole age thing. Just enjoy what your doing!
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So long as you are physically able to do all you need to do, then there is no such thing as too old.

Good for you, getting back into it!
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post #13 of 15 Old 08-12-2013, 02:19 PM
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I'm 56 and just getting back into riding after years of no riding

Go for it! Just remember, you're going to use muscles and tendons that have not been used in awhile, and they are not as flexible as they used to be, so go slow and work up to the barrel racing bit

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post #14 of 15 Old 08-12-2013, 03:02 PM
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My ex/mother in law went sky diving for the first time at 83 years old. Barrel racing seems very doable in your 50's-60's70's assuming your fit and your horse is up for it. Good luck to you... Go kick some young person butt, won't you? ha ha
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-12-2013, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Cowgirl53 View Post
I found Horse Forum via a google search for 'older barrel racers' and saw this topic "Am I Too Old" and thought woo hoo! here's my question!

When I saw the original poster's age, I just had to laugh. 26? Bless your heart! You go girl!!

I'm almost 58. I rode grew up riding western (4-H, Texas Youth Rodeo) then in high school switched to hunter jumpers and continued in combined training until about 20 years ago. I rode at modest novice levels, nothing really wild or crazy. 20 years ago I went through a very traumatic divorce and with 2 small kids (twins) had to give up riding. It was like losing my heart.

Now, I'd love to get back in and barrel racing is one of the things I'd love to do, but I also wondered if I was too old at this point. Obviously I couldn't compete at the professional or even super amateur levels, but surely there's a place for a (still) horse crazy old lady to ride and compete at some level?

I have a good foundation in riding, even if it is rusty after so long away. I'd love to have some feedback from y'all and while I'm at it, what a great site! I'm glad I stumbled across it!

Lee Ann Rust was the rookie of the year for the WPRA in 2011 and qualified for her first National Finals Rodeo. She was 53 at the time. Better not tell her she's too old!

It's NEVER too late.
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