Is it too late to learn to ride? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 90Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 27 Old 05-27-2017, 02:29 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1,289
• Horses: 0
I never sat on a horse until I was 37. Now, 4 years later I have my own mare. I still take lessons with kids but I really don't care. I'm there to learn, not socialize. And most kids are better at it but I really don't care. I'm too busy enjoying it :)
waresbear likes this.
Horsef is online now  
post #12 of 27 Old 05-27-2017, 04:43 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: UK
Posts: 121
• Horses: 1
I started properly at about the same age and thought the same thing! Because of bad schools I'd ridden in before, I thought all good horsepeople had to start as a child and never saw adults taking beginner lessons. Now though, I realise that there are more middle-aged people starting to learn than young people altogether!

Being in our 20's has a big advantage in that we're generally still hard to frighten and bounce when we fall ?
Change likes this.
Kaiit is offline  
post #13 of 27 Old 05-27-2017, 08:14 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1,289
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaiit View Post
Being in our 20's has a big advantage in that we're generally still hard to frighten and bounce when we fall ?
This was such a happy thread, no need to rub it into our middle-aged splatter-prone novice faces.

Just kidding, keep rubbing, we don't mind :)
Horsef is online now  
post #14 of 27 Old 05-27-2017, 09:59 AM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Plano, Texas
Posts: 1,691
• Horses: 0
Age often provides greater insight, desire to learn rather than just have fun, and more concern for the horse's welfare.

Training riders and horses to work in harmony.
www.quietriding.com
www.quietriding.org
TXhorseman is offline  
post #15 of 27 Old 05-27-2017, 12:23 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 798
• Horses: 1
Definitely not too old. I have heard of many who didn't even learn to ride until they were 50+.

When I was about 16 or 17, I rode at a barn that had mostly 12 and under kids doing way more advanced stuff than I was doing. That can make you feel a little out of place. But don't let it discourage you.
horseylover1_1 is offline  
post #16 of 27 Old 05-27-2017, 01:01 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 3,187
• Horses: 0
By the title of this thread I thought you would be 95 or something. You might be a bit old for monkey bars and jungle gyms, but maybe not, but certainly not for learning to ride!
Stuff your ego in a box and put it up on a shelf. Focus on learning skills and enjoying yourself. That's what it all should be about. : )

If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger
Dustbunny is offline  
post #17 of 27 Old 05-27-2017, 06:10 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Upstate, NY
Posts: 640
• Horses: 0
i rode my sister's horses a bit growing up (sat on their back, told them where to go... ok want to stop that's cool too)

year after my wife & I got married (23) I said "i want to learn to ride so I can go to horse camp too" took some lessons bought my horse and now I put on more trail miles than she does

one of my wife's bosses has teenage kids and is just starting riding

I would say if finances & time allow start now, we are a bit dumber and don't bounce as well as we once did but we are dumb enough to say "eh, lets try that again" as you get older might say "eh, lets NOT try that again might break something next time"

good luck and enjoy

p.s. if a trainer makes you feel like crap for your age... find a new trainer. I know one guy doesn't care your age just your effort
tim62988 is offline  
post #18 of 27 Old 05-27-2017, 07:32 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: UK
Posts: 121
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Horsef View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaiit View Post
Being in our 20's has a big advantage in that we're generally still hard to frighten and bounce when we fall ?
This was such a happy thread, no need to rub it into our middle-aged splatter-prone novice faces.

Just kidding, keep rubbing, we don't mind :)
Lol, not everyone fits the same category, but a lot of the people I ride with tell me they're worried about falling because they don't bounce like they used to. They probably fall a lot less because of it, though!
Change and Horsef like this.
Kaiit is offline  
post #19 of 27 Old 05-29-2017, 07:05 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SW UK
Posts: 15,163
• Horses: 0
Oldest person I had come to me for lessons was in his 70s. A retired Navy Chaplain. He had ridden a bit as a boy but not a lot.

He did fine and was soon out following hounds.
Foxhunter is online now  
post #20 of 27 Old 05-29-2017, 07:58 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Ohio
Posts: 130
• Horses: 3
I had a little chuckle when I saw the title of your post I thought you were going to say your were in your 60's! You are just the right age, go for it! I started riding when I was 22 and haven't stopped (I'm 51). But a lot of people start way later in life when their kids are grown, so you are fine. Please keep us posted. Don't buy a horse first, learn to ride first, and then have your instructor help you pick out a horse that is right for you. You will learn horses are as different as people and there is nothing more heart breaking than owning a horse you cannot connect with. I wish you Good luck!



Amy
redbarron1010 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is 18 too late to learn to ride competitively? LonesomeFantasy Horse Riding & Horse Activity 16 03-31-2015 09:48 PM
How did you learn how to ride? bucky Western Riding 19 09-16-2009 04:45 PM
i want 2 learn 2 ride crip1984 Horse Riding & Horse Activity 17 03-14-2008 10:32 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome