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post #11 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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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...

Ha! I think I may love you?! Your post was awesome. Had me laughing !!!
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 10:58 PM
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OK, I laughed. I admit it. Not laughing at you, but laughing because I'm 56 and I just started riding in September of last year. If I can do it at this age, you have NOTHING to worry about. Trust me on that one :)
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post #13 of 19 Old 03-30-2016, 11:25 PM
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One of the most beautiful things about riding is that you can do it well, even when you are older than people have the ability to even participate in some sports.
Riders can be world class level into their 70s.
London 2012's oldest competitor, Hiroshi Hoketsu, takes the reins | Sport | The Guardian
Who cares what age you start? You have a lifetime to improve. My favorite quote about the 71 year old Olympian in the article:
"His biggest motivation is to feel he's improving." I hope to still be improving as a rider in my 70s too.
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post #14 of 19 Old 03-31-2016, 12:21 PM
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You will do well when you stop letting the remarks of others color your opinion of yourself. Age is just a number. Don't let it define you are you will think you are ready to retire from life by the time you are 35.
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post #15 of 19 Old 03-31-2016, 02:02 PM
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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.
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post #16 of 19 Old 03-31-2016, 02:19 PM
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You will go as far as you want to go. Thats it. Your choice.
This is very true. I started when I was 18- the second I started making my OWN money and my parents couldn't tell me, "no."

I started out with just lessons, then leasing, then owning. In the beginning I just wanted to be around the horse and do as much as I could and I was completely content with that...I had no interest in showing or anything like that. The last few years, as I've grown as a person, and as I've gained more experience with horses, something in me has shifted. I went out and found myself a young, well trained horse and I am entering my first "real" show season this year...and I'm 29 and terrified about it! Lol.

Getting into horses has probably shaped me the most out of anything else in my life. I often wonder how I would be if I had gotten into it sooner, but there's no sense in that. I can't go back. I am very grateful I followed my stubborn impulse though! It's taught me so much about myself in pretty much every aspect, and it's brought some really great (and not so great) people into my life.
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The lady that I talked to on the phone about a show told me she is close to 70, and has been riding about 10 years!
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post #18 of 19 Old 03-31-2016, 02:36 PM
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I am entering my first "real" show season this year...and I'm 29 and terrified about it! Lol.
You will do FINE! Just relax and have FUN! But you know we expect a full report and PICTURES!!!
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post #19 of 19 Old 04-01-2016, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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You will go as far as you want to go. Thats it. Your choice.
This is very true. I started when I was 18- the second I started making my OWN money and my parents couldn't tell me, "no."

I started out with just lessons, then leasing, then owning. In the beginning I just wanted to be around the horse and do as much as I could and I was completely content with that...I had no interest in showing or anything like that. The last few years, as I've grown as a person, and as I've gained more experience with horses, something in me has shifted. I went out and found myself a young, well trained horse and I am entering my first "real" show season this year...and I'm 29 and terrified about it! Lol.

Getting into horses has probably shaped me the most out of anything else in my life. I often wonder how I would be if I had gotten into it sooner, but there's no sense in that. I can't go back. I am very grateful I followed my stubborn impulse though! It's taught me so much about myself in pretty much every aspect, and it's brought some really great (and not so great) people into my life.
Oh good luck!!!! Yes def share pictures or vids if you could ! I love hearing stories like this. It's very motivational and inspiring.

Starting at 18, and now over 10 years--what discipline are you doing ?
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