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post #1 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Is it too late to learn to ride?

Hi,

So I am starting riding lessons soon. I am so excited, but also kind of nervous. I am 25 years old, and have an absolute love for horses. I took riding lessons when I was younger, but never pursued it. Now that I am older I want to get back into it. Is it too late to learn? I feel like people might judge me for being older and starting to ride. Any advice on helping me get over this silly fear?

Any positive feed back is helpful! Thanks!
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post #2 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 07:24 PM
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You're never too old and if people make you feel that way then you need to find yourself a better place! I've known plenty of people who started riding at a much later age than you and they've exceeded the talents of people who were born in the saddle!
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post #3 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 07:29 PM
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If you let your activities be determined by what you imagine people might judge you for, you are going to have a very limited life.

As for being 25, it is to laugh. I started taking lessons when I was 58. Only advantage to that age is that, you get old enough, you just don't care what people think any more.

Just do it. Have a blast!
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post #4 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 08:00 PM
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One of my friends never rode until age 50. And she started with polo lessons. Now she owns a string and has played competitively for at least 3 years. She was not a natural at riding. Or maybe she would have been had she not chosen such a tough sport!

Another friend started at 52 and is still playing medium goal polo in his 70s. He had ridden as a kid, though.

I agree that being even older than 25 makes it easier to just not care what others think.

Have fun!
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post #5 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 08:24 PM
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Started at 50 myself. You haven't started late. You've started 25 years early.
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post #6 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 08:38 PM
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I started at 46. Went on my first walk-trot-canter trail ride in Iceland 6 months after starting. Now, almost two years later, I take a young-ish ex-race horse on trail rides by myself, galloping and jumping. I think you'll manage. :)
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post #7 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 09:17 PM
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it is just that some barns are fulls of rosy cheeked babies, all of 14 and having 8 years under their belts, and fearless and able to ride nearly any horse. that could intimidate anyone.

don't let them or their attitudes affect you. you have to go through the beginner stage whether you are 25 or 55. so, in some ways, you are not able to escape the "I must look like an idiot" stage. and, quite often the older you get, the less stuff there is gumming up your ears and your ego, so you become a better listening student.
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post #8 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 09:23 PM
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I'm 25 as well, I stopped riding for around 7 years due to health issues, and I've just been back into since the start of the year!
I must admit, I totally get where you're coming from, I felt totally daunted thinking I wouldn't be 'good enough' or I should be better at this age? I have no idea I just thought the worst!
But that was totally silly!
For one, the young kids couldn't care less about you, and the older people I've found really supportive.
People are more worried about themselves anyway, everyone's generally there for the same reason! Have fun, improve, learn and so on!

I promise after the first lesson or 2 you'll feel 100% better!
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post #9 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 10:09 PM
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I had to chuckle just like @Avna at your concerns about your age. You're never too young or too old to learn. Just do what you enjoy, don't worry about what anyone else thinks. The good part about being 25 is that you'll most likely bounce a lot better when hitting the dirt than I do at 64.

So go for it, and enjoy!
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post #10 of 27 Old 05-26-2017, 10:25 PM
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Twenty-five years old and you think you are too old to learn something physical? hahahaha

Age is just a number my dear, get on a horse and learn to ride it! Besides, you rode a bit when you were younger, and as far as anyone judging you? It would be utterly ridiculous to judge anyone pursuing equine activity in this day and age when this sport is slowly drying up, for other horse type people to judge someone for getting into riding, well that's just suicide for them. We will become dinosaurs pretty soon if we don't advocate and promote more folks taking up riding, owning, showing, etc.
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