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post #1 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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To old to start?

Hello all,

New here. I am a 32 year old female who has always loved horses. Sadly my father was in the Air Force and we moved around a lot, also with 4 siblings me taking lessons just wasn't something we could afford. Even after he retired and we settled down in one location we still couldn't afford it. Now I'm an adult and making some decent money, so the money factor currently isn't my problem. Right now its location, as there is basically no one around to teach. My boyfriend and I will be moving in about 6 months time and where we are moving to has several stables that offer lessons.

My question is, now that I am 32 (I will be 33 by time we have moved), am I too old to start really learning about horses? I mean I have read a bunch of books, but they only get you so far. I haven't been on the back of a horse for some 20 years. Is there such a thing as too old to start learning? Thanks for any an all feedback.

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post #2 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 07:39 PM
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Certainly not! go for it. It would be a good idea to look around the different stables and find one that you feel would suit you best and get some lessons.
Another thing you might think of is doing some volunteer work either at a rescue or a Therapy Riding Stable and this would give you some horse handling experience, or even volunteer at the lesson stable.
Best of Luck to you.
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post #3 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 07:43 PM
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Soon 29 new horse owner. Honestly it was like only a year ago I learned how to put together a bridle haha! Not too old! Go for it!
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post #4 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 07:46 PM
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No one is ever too old to learn about horses or to take lessons! There is a wealth of information that comes when taking riding lessons, and plenty more opportunities to learn and grow as you spend time around the barn. If you want, you can make a few calls to the stables that you are interested in, and ask about their lesson program, and if you can have a tour before choosing to ride. You can get a feel for the instructors there, the lesson horses, and even the other students or boarders around the barn. You may also want to think about whether you want to do English, or Western riding- which style do you prefer. If you are unsure, maybe find a barn that offers both Western and English lessons, that way you can try out both styles of riding! :)

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post #5 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 07:56 PM
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Nope, and I agree with @Woodhaven 's suggestion of volunteering at a therapeutic riding center. Most reputable centers (take a look at to search for one close to you) will do extensive volunteer training, which involves horse handling basics. I was a volunteer therapeutic riding instructor and taught lessons to beginner, "able bodied" adults who had never been on or around horses before they started volunteering (our center, like many, offered a free lesson after volunteers had put in so many hours). Therapy horses are selected for their calm, forgiving temperaments and that makes them great for new riders building the basics- and from there, the sky is the limit!

Have fun, and let us know how things go for you.
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post #6 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 08:16 PM
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I just had my 32nd birthday yesterday, and for the most part am just starting out as well. So welcome, and let's go start having some fun!!
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Goodness, you're just a baby! Get riding and have some fun!
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post #8 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone.

My boyfriend was telling me the same things, but I thought it would be better to ask actual horse people. Cause he isn't one either lol
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post #9 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Evil View Post
Goodness, you're just a baby! Get riding and have some fun!
@Captain Evil said it best: you're just a baby!!! and have some fun!

No , seriously, there are lots of us who started later in life. I rode a bit as a kid, then had a LONG break and basically started for real at age 41.
We can't wait to hear about your adventures in learning! It's so satisfying to learn a new thing as an adult. Never stop learning!
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post #10 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 08:49 PM
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Too old? No way. You will be using some muscles that you are not used to using but that's ok. It happens to me when I haven't been riding for a month. It's actually a perfect age to start, you will be more focused on what you want out of it.
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