I just joined this forum, so, I hope this is the right place to post a set of questions like this! If it's not please let me know and I will move it or repost.
I'm eighteen years old (I feel so old, I'm still a kid, I swear), and I've loved horses since I was a little kid. I taught myself the ins and outs of horse ownership, and wanted my own so badly. Living in a fairly urban area of Arizona, that was never an option, though.
I took horseback riding lessons when I was eleven. English was always the discipline that interested me. But I left because my instructor, wasn't erm, the greatest, and it was very expensive for my parents.
Anyways. Flash forward. I'm eighteen. I've dabbled in things, I'm very artistic, but I still love horses. I really want to get back into the equestrian world. I miss horses so much. My questions might be silly, but I am fairly ignorant in this area, so forgive me. But they are summarily:
-Am I too old to take English lessons again? I have some experience in ice skating and stretch often, so my legs are pretty strong, which I know can come in handy.
-How does could I get into competitive riding after I have trained for a while? I loved jumping in particular. I am a very competitive person, and an ambitious one at that. Would I be too old; are there age limits in competitive riding?
-Alright. I'm embarrassed to ask this but I have nowhere else to go, so here I go: Does one need to be sufficiently experienced in horses to go to an Equine College? I am at the age where I'm figuring out what to do with my life and where to study, so... I just don't know if I could even go to an equine learning institution and/or major in equine studies with so little experience.
I am so anxious for some insight from people who have equine experience and knowledge. Thank you SO much in advance for your help!