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post #1 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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To all you late riders

Let me preface this by saying--I know ok
Not old. But I just started riding not even one month ago. I'm 23 and have had an interest in riding for years just never had much free time. I now have free time to pursue something that makes me happy. In this past month I feel like I simply cannot get enough. I have tons of stressors in my life and it has been therapeutic even just driving to a stable--the thought alone is therapeutic to me.

One instructor said "I started kind of late, when I was in 8th grade"

My face after that comment- ? Ha. I asked oh? YOU were too old? Obviously MANYYYYY riders start at 5-7 and are gorgeous riders. I suppose comments like that made me feel like I was too ambitious thinking I could reach my goal of jumping and well practicing gracefulness. I'm currently taking lessons 2-3 times a week and still considering increasing that to maybe 4! I simply cannot get enough. I've heard things already like "you seem natural" "you have a great form" "you're picking things up very fast" "I'm impressed" "have you ever taken lessons before?" Those encourage me greatly. But comments that make me feel too late make me sad. I don't want to compete but I want a future with a horse (does that sound creepy!?)

Anyone start in 20s or up? How long have you trained for and What are you currently doing? :)
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 05:08 PM
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Aww, 23 is just a baby. Not late at all. :)
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post #3 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 05:56 PM
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Jeez, NO YOU ARE NOT OLD

You are young, have enthusiasm, and it sounds like you have talent as well. so stop fretting about age, and just consider the future. Total waste of your time and effort fretting about 'wasted' time just build on the now towards the future.

Last show I went to

Me, late 50's started as a child stopped again, started again.
L, in her 40's started riding 18 months ago, did dressage and hunters
J, also in her 40's also less than 2 years in the saddle also dressage and hunters
N, love her mid 60's and at her first show, although she has ridden on and off for years, dressage.
C 24, started at 19, has had 2 babies in the meantime, riding dressage.
J, started at 20, now late 20's riding dressage
O, only a baby, just 16 and started riding last year, rode dressage and hunters.


Age is NOT a definer, talent, and hard work is

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post #4 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my goodness! You are....just what I needed ! That made me feel so happy !!! I needed to her the realism that I wasn't too optimistic!

I'm a firm believer that starting young allows someone less likely to deviate to bad habits. For instance my 4 year old is in piano since 3. If he grows up with that--that becomes his norm (until he tells me he dislikes it altogether). So riding at a very young age becomes embedded in their blood--something I obviously lack. Hence hearing riders stories about starting not sooooo young truly motivates me!

Thank you for that!
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post #5 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 06:18 PM
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You will go as far as you want to go. Thats it. Your choice.

Adults who have 'ridden since they were 5' have probably had several years where they didn't ride at all.

Other peoples opinions are just that. Opinions. Some more educated than others, but still just opinions.

The key factor is your level of interest. Your passion. Go for it.

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post #6 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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You will go as far as you want to go. Thats it. Your choice.

Adults who have 'ridden since they were 5' have probably had several years where they didn't ride at all.

Other peoples opinions are just that. Opinions. Some more educated than others, but still just opinions.

The key factor is your level of interest. Your passion. Go for it.

Thanks. I just really enjoy hearing others stories! I appreciate your advice---definitely see truth in that!
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Also can I add that I rode horses from age pre-walking until my early teenage years, and I essentially learned nothing except how to stay on a horse and not fall. It wasn't until I rediscovered horses at age 40, after 25 years off, that I truly started trying to understand them and ride with intent instead of riding for fun.

I really think kids below the teenage years are really too egocentric to really ride well on their own, without an adult with some horse talent guiding them. I'm not trying to be mean; just honest. I have taught 6th-8th graders for 15 years so I feel like I know some about that age level. :) There are exceptions of course.

I think you are at the perfect age to start. Old enough to listen well and understand, and at an age where you appreciate what you are doing. Enjoy!
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Also can I add that I rode horses from age pre-walking until my early teenage years, and I essentially learned nothing except how to stay on a horse and not fall. It wasn't until I rediscovered horses at age 40, after 25 years off, that I truly started trying to understand them and ride with intent instead of riding for fun.

I really think kids below the teenage years are really too egocentric to really ride well on their own, without an adult with some horse talent guiding them. I'm not trying to be mean; just honest. I have taught 6th-8th graders for 15 years so I feel like I know some about that age level. :) There are exceptions of course.

I think you are at the perfect age to start. Old enough to listen well and understand, and at an age where you appreciate what you are doing. Enjoy!

Thank you for sharing. Nobody in my life understands that therapeutic feeling that takes place just thinking of riding. Almost like a high yet SO much to learn. I'm sure EVERYONE here can relate. You all gave great encouragement from this thread alone--really appreciate the honesty.

If it's one word I or anyone can describe me it would be ambitious. Was just wondering if maybe I was just unrealistic. Thanks guys!!!!!
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There are folks on this forum who never rode a horse unti they were in their 50's.

There are folks on this forum who are re-riders in their 50's AND 60's, after many many years away from horses.

I am one of the fortunate who got my first ride on the work mare when I was two, rode bareback behind my older cousins, and was blessed to have a grandpa who gave me the best horse foundation a person could ask for.

I bought my first horse when I was 12. I am 68 and have had horses, non-stop, since I was 12.

Don't over think your age and entry into the horse world.

Age does NOT make a good or a bad horseman ---- lack of common sense does

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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Started at 50. My body doesn't do what I would like it to do, but OTOH, my mind can understand things about horses that I would not have grasped when younger. And if starting at 50 - by buying a horse who was supposed to be 'perfect for a beginner' and just riding her - isn't ideal...hey, it is easier than starting at 60! Did I mention she wasn't perfect for a beginner?

And since falling off and bouncing isn't an option, I've had to work to learn how to keep a horse from exploding in the first place. But 23? The only way I can remember 23 is to add it to my birth year on a calculator and see if the decade rings a bell...

Mason 'The Line' Dixon: It's already over.

Rocky Balboa: There aint nothin' over till it's over.

Mason 'The Line' Dixon: Where's that from, the 80's?

Rocky Balboa: That's probably the 70's.



Let me think. 23. 1981. It was probably a good year, but it is kind of hazy now...

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