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post #21 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 02:33 PM
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Started learning at 41 yrs old! Only time I was ever on a horse was a birthday party when I was 9 yrs old, fell off then walked away. But always wanted to learn and my parents said no.

I've got the funds for lessons and I made the time because it's important to me and I LOVE it! Enjoy the riding journey and there's tons of support here. Never be afraid of a challenge at any age.

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post #22 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 03:48 PM
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I started at 50. Im a very methodical when learning and tend to seek out excellent council. Baby steps...its not the speed of our learning process, but rather the accuracy which is most important. ENJOY!
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post #23 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 04:06 PM
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23 is a baby still, where it is from where I am sitting. A lot of instructors love starter beginners, people like me who have ridden for ever, but come to lessons late have so many bad habits, we are hard to put right.

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post #24 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 06:22 PM
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Welcome! I am almost 41 and just starting out as well. My story is very similar to Acadian Artist's in that I had horses as a kid and then took a 25 year break. Now, I'm taking hunt seat lessons. We just bought our first horse last week.
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post #25 of 67 Old 03-23-2016, 09:32 PM
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I'm starting out in my 50s. What do I care about? A graceful seat and posting. Bonding with a big sweet animal, rides in the woods. Bliss!
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post #26 of 67 Old 03-24-2016, 06:21 AM
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As an adult, you can focus and retain better. You also have a better-developed sense of self-preservation.
Sometimes that self-preservation is a disadvantage. When I first got on a horse after 12 years I could visualize all the things that could go wrong!! I just had to tell myself "You know how to ride, you love this, if its going to kill you - so be it, lets go"
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post #27 of 67 Old 03-24-2016, 10:18 AM
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Sometimes that self-preservation is a disadvantage. When I first got on a horse after 12 years I could visualize all the things that could go wrong!! I just had to tell myself "You know how to ride, you love this, if its going to kill you - so be it, lets go"
LOL! Oh, boy, do I know! I got thrown hard and injured by a horse I was trying out for a fellow boarder at my old barn...and I STILL have panic attacks when I go to mount. That was five years ago.

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post #28 of 67 Old 03-24-2016, 11:11 AM
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I definitely have no dream of competing in the olympics. I do eventually, in due time, want to challenge myself and try jumping. I want to never stop learning and pushing myself to try new things. From lurking on forums alone, I've already so much.

My instructor has talked about eventually going for shows. Which made me look at her cross eyed for a bit. How can a beginner possibly be thinking of shows? Silly question--what exactly happens during shows ?
Be a bit wary here. Some instructors are going to be all about getting you into the show ring whether you yourself have any interest in it or not. They tend to draw a group of students with the same goal as them and people who aren't competitive-minded can feel left out or 'less than'.

Riding horses is NOT about competing. That's something laid on top of riding, that some people enjoy.

What happens at shows? You get all dressed up in special clothes, clean and clip your horse and polish his feet and fancy up his mane and tail etc., and bring your A game to the contest. Which typically consists of riding around an arena either with your fellow competitors or if doing some kind of course or pattern, one at a time, for a few minutes that feels like eons, and then you either get a prize or you don't. It is very expensive, even compared to owning a horse, which is saying something.

For some folks, it is the best thing in life. For others not so much. You don't need to decide yet.
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post #29 of 67 Old 03-24-2016, 04:57 PM
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Be a bit wary here. Some instructors are going to be all about getting you into the show ring whether you yourself have any interest in it or not. They tend to draw a group of students with the same goal as them and people who aren't competitive-minded can feel left out or 'less than'.

Riding horses is NOT about competing. That's something laid on top of riding, that some people enjoy.

What happens at shows? You get all dressed up in special clothes, clean and clip your horse and polish his feet and fancy up his mane and tail etc., and bring your A game to the contest. Which typically consists of riding around an arena either with your fellow competitors or if doing some kind of course or pattern, one at a time, for a few minutes that feels like eons, and then you either get a prize or you don't. It is very expensive, even compared to owning a horse, which is saying something.

For some folks, it is the best thing in life. For others not so much. You don't need to decide yet.
While I agree with a lot of this, I'd say it depends on the level of the show. Yes, some are very snobby and expensive. My daughter is going to start doing "real" shows this summer. But to be honest, we've talked about it and she's not sure she really wants to focus on that. However, she's already done a few "fun" shows and we are going to start off the season with an "in-house show". Those are a blast! She did a fun show last summer at the end of a week-long riding camp where she got to try barrel racing for the first time! Now, mind you, a lot of the kids weren't going faster than a trot so when she launched into a canter and spun around those barrels, you could literally hear the other parents gasp, LOL. She had a slight advantage in that she's been riding for years while some of those kids were new to riding. So she took first place, but the previous year, had gotten third place (same camp, same show) and was very happy with that. She's also done a Western pleasure "fun show" where it was more of an exhibition - no prizes were given, well, except for the pie-eating contest prize which sits on her dresser :)

Bottom line is that for a lot of people, shows are a way to set concrete goals for yourself. They can be a lot of fun, social interaction and just a great way to spend a day around horses, but they can also be uptight and competitive.

I agree with Ava, however, that if your instructor is pushing to show already, that may be cause for concern IF that's not what you want. My daughter's second coach (we went through 5 in 4 years) was very much about showing. When I told her my daughter wasn't ready to show yet (she was 7!), she lost interest in her and focused on the others to her detriment. So we moved on. With the coach we have now, we had to ASK if my daughter was ready to show this summer. There was never any pressure either way.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents. Let us know how things go for you!
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post #30 of 67 Old 03-24-2016, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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I was indifferent when my instructor discussed shows. I don't know much to even consider showing. I would like more the exhibit shows as a starter.

My instructor def did not sound like she was pushing. Just conversating really. She is incredible and it seems like she genuinely cares about my interest. When did you all do your first show ? How far along into horse lessons were you?
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