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post #11 of 23 Old 02-21-2015, 04:50 PM
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post #12 of 23 Old 02-21-2015, 05:12 PM
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I started at 50. 56 now. Bought a horse and started - which is NOT a good idea. Still have her 6+ years later. Some thoughts from an older person's perspective:

1 - The ground IS getting harder. I rode a few times when I was in my early 20, visiting ranches and the like, and I thought nothing about falls. The one fall I've had at 50+ was when my horse exploded during a dismount. The injury to my lower back forced me to stop jogging for 5 years - from Jan 2009 until last summer.

Don't be afraid to be afraid, or to "cheat". I found an Australian saddle a life-saver compared to an English saddle while trying to learn riding on a spooky horse in the desert. It saved my butt many times:



I've only NEEDED a bucking strap once...but it was on our unflappable, steady-Eddie gelding. It saved my butt that day. I still have one on my western saddle. Haven't touched it...but I like having it.

Wear a helmet. They aren't that bad. But do not assume falls are a part of learning. One or two might be, but they mostly are a sign of trying to do more than you are capable of handling.

2 - Lots of riding instructors want to force your leg and hips to do things THEY could do when THEY learned to ride at 6. Don't believe them. A relaxed leg is better than some ideal position. If that means your toes are out some - so what? VS Littauer recommended a 30 deg toe out angle, and the US Cavalry taught up to 45 deg out.

With time and many rides, my toes don't go out as far as they used to, and my heels are closer to my hip than they used to be. But I jogged for 40 years straight before riding, and my hips and legs were tight in a way that protected them while jogging. They needed to loosen up, but a 50 year old body will not loosen up the way an 8 year old body will. Don't force it.

3 - Read. In particular, I recommend:

Commonsense Horsemanship
- VS Littauer
Riding and Schooling Horses - Gen Chamberlin

Both approach things from the English perspective, but they are fine books.

The Complete Guide to Western Horsemanship - JP Forget
How Your Horse Wants You to Ride - Bucklin

4 - Have fun!



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post #13 of 23 Old 02-21-2015, 05:44 PM
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Hey there!

It's great that you are starting out in the horse world!

At a place I used to board my horse years ago I knew a gentleman that started riding at the age of 70 years old! And he was pretty dang good.

He rode for about 2 years and for his first horse got an Off track Thoroughbred. That was about 5 years ago.

I recently saw this man at my work and he still has his same horse and riding strongly at 75 years old.

So I think you'll be good to go!
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post #14 of 23 Old 02-21-2015, 06:44 PM
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Hello Evereyone

My 13 year old daughter has just started taking Western riding lessons, and i have decided to take lessons with her. I just turned 46, am I crazy for considering this?



I find myself a little nervous about it. I have read some horror stories in the internet about injuries and how unsafe horseback riding can

Thank you in Advance
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I have a 64 yr old friend who started helping me with stable work and started taking lessons last year. He has a way with horses on the ground which has built confidence. His form is coming along slowly but he already has great balance and very light hands. He is already able to have a safe trail ride on the older reliable horses.

As far as your concerns for safety go . . . accidents can happen but with a good instructor and a good beginner's horse the likelihood is very small. Injuries usually result from riders not using common sense, attempting things beyond their ability, or riding untrained horses.
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post #15 of 23 Old 02-21-2015, 07:09 PM
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I have mentioned this on another thread, but I'll repeat it here.
I don't think you can assign an age to beginning, but you can assign a desire. I began lessons for the first time 18 months ago and I post trot, canter & do small jumps. It's an incredible feeling and is easily the best part of my week. There have only been 3 falls and 1 broken bone (tailbone). :)
I always arrive an hour early and stay two hours late just to clean, muck, walk fence lines etc. I go back the next day to continue my work. I receive no compensation nor do I seek any. Just being around the horses is payment enough. It's a gift.

I am 61.
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post #16 of 23 Old 02-23-2015, 02:19 PM
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Good for you for trying something new! This is definitely what life is all about. Never too old. Just remember to stretch...lots!
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post #17 of 23 Old 02-23-2015, 02:21 PM
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Nice post. Lots of good information. Thanks
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post #18 of 23 Old 02-23-2015, 06:20 PM
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I started a little over a year ago at 44. I'm 46 now and still loving it!! I bought my horse after a few months of lessons and haven't looked back. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I ride with my 11 year old. We have some lessons together and some apart. She does group lessons, I do individual lessons 3x a week. You can learn with just 1x a week, but 2x a week is better. GO FOR IT!!
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post #19 of 23 Old 02-23-2015, 06:21 PM
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I have mentioned this on another thread, but I'll repeat it here.
I don't think you can assign an age to beginning, but you can assign a desire. I began lessons for the first time 18 months ago and I post trot, canter & do small jumps. It's an incredible feeling and is easily the best part of my week. There have only been 3 falls and 1 broken bone (tailbone). :)
I always arrive an hour early and stay two hours late just to clean, muck, walk fence lines etc. I go back the next day to continue my work. I receive no compensation nor do I seek any. Just being around the horses is payment enough. It's a gift.

I am 61.
Amen to all of that!!
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post #20 of 23 Old 02-23-2015, 06:44 PM
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You're not crazy; have a ball! I think that is very exciting, and I hope you have fun!
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