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post #11 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 09:17 PM
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I know a woman who didn't start riding at all until she retired in her 50s. Riding was a lifelong dream of hers. She is now quite an accomplished dressage rider!
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post #12 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 09:20 PM
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Just want to add, too: I had a 15 year hiatus from riding and started back at it again, a few years ago, at 33. It had been so long that I was basically starting from scratch, and while it was a bit frustrating at first (only because my brain remembered more about riding than my body was willing to come through on), it was FUN. I'm now riding much better than I ever did as a teen.
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post #13 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 09:27 PM
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Just last April I was in the exact same spot as you are only one year older. I started with taking riding lessons and a few weeks later started volunteering at the stable. My only regret is not starting years ago!

I highly recommend volunteering since you learn so much stuff you'd never learn in a riding lesson. Also ask if you can have some groundwork lessons, they are invaluable and actually improve your riding by teaching you how to communicate with your horse.

I also learned how out of shape I am! Riding is hard work. I was left breathless the first few times I trotted. I ride English, so I can't say if western is as hard. My guess is that it's just as physical! Start walking/ jogging at home now if you don't already and get a yoga ball to improve your balance. It really helped me.

Good luck and have fun. Horses are seriously the best! And highly addictive...
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post #14 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 10:08 PM
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Started when I was 46, with the only prior experience being a 90 min elephant ride in Indonesia. It's mostly mental at the beginning, with strength and coordination developing naturally with time in the saddle. If you love being sore and walking like a cowboy, go take lessons! :)
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post #15 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 10:42 PM
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A friend started riding with polo lessons at age 50. She's 56 now and doing fine.
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post #16 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 11:05 PM
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Started at 50 myself.
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Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"
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post #17 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, you really do make me feel a lot better about this. Now I am even more eager to move. Just have 6 months to wait. In the mean time I will start a good workout routine and get a yoga ball as well.
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post #18 of 34 Old 02-27-2018, 11:56 PM
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Even if you start riding in your thirties or forties, you can have many years of riding ahead of you. You could theoretically wait a few years longer, then start training seriously and end up in the Olympics if you want, since Equestrians have been Olympians in their 70s.

Check out this guy, riding endurance at 90.

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post #19 of 34 Old 02-28-2018, 12:11 AM
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Yoga ball is great training, the more balance work you can do the better, also core strengthening. Another key one, getting your hips to open, a real simple way to do this is lying on your back knees bent, heels together, and let the knees fall it every day pushing a little further each time.

LOL, you know those old thighmasters? now you have a reason to get one..
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post #20 of 34 Old 02-28-2018, 02:42 AM
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I'll join the cheerleading section of go for it!

Many of the denizens of this forum started as adults, or are what they call re-riders. folks who rode as kids, then took a long hiatus till they were financially independent adults. One thing I learned by reading their posts is that the choice of an instructor can be challenging as an adult. Try to find one who understands, and can work with the differences between the adult body and mindset and those of the kids.
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