Anyone start in 20s or up? How long have you trained for and What are you currently doing? :)
I used to ride at a stable as a teen - which back then, stables were NOT what they are today. Just basically someone with alot of horses in their backyard who would rent them out. No lessons, just get on and go.
Was out of horses for the majority of my late teens to my early 30's.
Then started riding with a friend who had horses. Same deal - no lessons just would get on and go. My friend gave me a horse after the horse bucked me off and sent me to the ER.
Yea, I didn't know enough to help the horse out when he got scared, so it ended in a wreck. Was in my late 30's? That's when I thought there might be more to riding then getting on and going. But still did not get lessons.
My friend gave me another horse a few years later. A yearling. When she turned 4 (early 40's) I had her started by a local trainer since I knew I could not provide her with a good start. That trainer was fantastic and did more for my horse in two months I ever thought was possible. But I couldn't ride her since she was not a get on and go type of horse. That's when I started taking lessons ... from that trainer.
I still ride with him today; also ride with others. But that trainer got me started in showing (which I VOWED I would NEVER do, LOL), dragging me kicking and screaming to arena shows. Hated it. But when we started doing ranch horse versatility shows, THAT was my forte! LOVED IT! That eventually lead to reined cowhorse shows, which I currently show in. I also do other types of shows (trail trials, obstacle challenges, ranch horse shows) I am 56. Did alot of cowhorse clinics and still take lots of lessons, but have NEVER had anyone say I was too old to learn, LOL. There are plenty of people OLDER than I am that compete with me in cowhorse. It's a great supportive crowd.
The only criticism I've had in the past was because my horse was not built to do cow horse (she was a 1/2 arab). But she was the only horse I had at the time to compete on and so I told them she was it for a while. She actually cowboyed up (
) and became a pretty darn good cowhorse despite her limitations and won over all those nay sayers - we even won the first ever Spirit award for horsemanship and sportsmanship that our association gave out.
The only thing holding you back is you. Once you support & believe in yourself & your horse, there is no telling how far you can go!! Just go and have fun; ignore the nay sayers.