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Age 60 plus riders come forth!

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  • Windy Willow
    started a topic Age 60 plus riders come forth!

    Age 60 plus riders come forth!

    I’ve not been on COTH for quite some time , I have been riding and taking care of horses my whole
    life ,I never had children , Foxhunted many years , have dappled in every discipline , about 6 yrs ago I lost ALL interest and motivation , pretty much burned out from all
    the work, too many animals tying me down and I do all
    the work , well fast forward to
    this May and it all came back and now I’m
    riding again . I think I want to do some HJ lessons and show some! Am I too old😱
    WHO ON HERE does this at age 64!?

  • Jackie Cochran
    I'm 68, crippled with MS and I still ride. If I did not ride I would end up in a nursing home because I would just give up.

    Even though I've been riding for almost 50 years you know something? I STILL have a hard time getting to sleep the night before my lesson because I am so excited about my lesson!

    It isn't that I do anything exciting when I ride, just boring walking and trotting in the riding ring. But my riding teacher lets me ride horses, mature horses, that have had unfortunate experiences in their past, so much so that the horses had decided that they really did not want much to do with humans any more, except for being fed of course. I ride these horses to the best of my ability, and usually I can coax the horse to learn from me.

    The horse and I give each other physical therapy, the horse through its motion moving my body and strengthening the muscles I need for walking myself, and I through giving the horse rational, gradual training.

    Horses keep me walking on my own two feet.

    I hope to ride until the day I die.

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  • jody jaffe
    66 and still riding and writing about it!

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  • lesson junkie
    I am looking at 65 sooner than I want. I am riding as much as ever, hunting twice a week, lessons and trail rides, and camping with my horse when the schedule permits. I keep my horses at home. The only concession I've had to make is ordering my hay delivered now instead of picking it up and stacking it myself.

    As said above, I will ride until I can't and then hope I die quickly!

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  • kande04
    69, and thought I was dying out there for awhile but apparently not, as I started riding more again as soon as it cooled off this fall.

    I had managed to keep up with the trail riding but had completely lost interest in arena work, although I'm now back to going around and around and am enjoying it just as much as I always have.

    Don't know why I slowed down so much there for awhile, but am hoping that's the last time I'll feel the need to take a break!

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  • Lord Helpus
    Re: Denny Emerson: He is about 5 years older than I am (which is 70). I know that he has gotten into Endurance riding, but still teaches H/J and does clinics. At about 57+ he still has a farm and is totally involved with horses
    About 5 years ag0 I had several horses with professionals riding . I was still groomer and trailering, and chief clapper and feeder of carrots. But now I have a young horse who looks very ammie friendly. When he has learned what he needs to know, I will be back in the saddle, showing at the 3' level.

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  • Bristol Bay
    I didn’t start riding until my early 30’s, now in my early 60’s. It’s been very difficult not having money for lessons and nice horses.

    I finally own an amateur’s dream horse, and have been making steady progress on him the last 9 years. At least once a week, I get a compliment on my riding. (If you had seen me ride over the years, you’d know what a miracle had to have occurred for anyone to watch and not cringe.). I attribute that to having started exercising in earnest five years ago, realizing I was no longer riding to keep fit, but needed to get fit to keep riding. I started Pilates mat classes a few months ago and that really sealed the deal.

    I’m not sure how many more years I have in the saddle, but I’m enjoying myself so much, I hope it never ends.

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  • MintHillFarm
    I showed a lot in my 20's, 30's and 40's. Did the A/Os and AAs...Now almost 64...I have seven horses at here at my farm. I still ride a lot, no indoor here though, so weather permitting in the winter. I also judge about 25 one day shows a year. And have a full time job; luckily I work from home so it's all good!

    I feel I am not done yet!

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  • NoSuchPerson
    My goal is to be like Connie Reeves, a member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She died at the age of 101 following a fall from her favorite horse.

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  • elizabethhund
    62 here, from a horsey family. My mother rode until 86. I will ride until I can't, and then I hope I die quickly

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  • lintesia
    Low 60s. I got my first horse in my early 40s and have been trying to make up for lost time ever since. I just got a new horse (former jumper -- we'll do the AA hunters and amateur eq and medals), a schoolmaster who is a blast and appears to be enjoying his new job of looking after his ammy but still ambitious mom. I'll jump as long as I have the nerve and then I will happily switch to dressage.

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  • Plumcreek
    I am 70, have ridden and owned horses since I was 9, and have bred, raised, and trained most of my horses. Due to foaling out only colts, this year I had to buy one - a 3 year old Appendix QH filly to bring along. I did opt for easy disposition over spectacular, keeping the good mover part, and she will be very broke before I switch the safer western saddle to a hunt seat saddle. I plan to take the time she needs with a 2'6" hunter hack goal, and maybe a pro rider to take her around the Baby Green. I will say the daily work of an acreage horse property, 4 stall barn and arena footing maintenance is getting a bit old. Still working from home a bit also.

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  • mswillie
    Originally posted by NoSuchPerson View Post

    I saw something one time that said, "If your knees hurt, your stirrups are too short. If your hips hurt, your stirrups are too long. If your knees and your hips hurt, your stirrups are just right."
    I think I need to turn that into a meme, or poster.

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  • CindyCRNA
    I am 57 and event. My goal is to event thru ago 70. I'm running Novice now with my current guy and want to dabble at training with a new horse. And I own a jumper I am doing 3'3" with. Age is just a number!

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  • Windy Willow
    for all
    the feed back! I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments , I had a lesson at a HJ barn about a hour away and really enjoyed it and thats
    what I felt comfortable riding , no more piddling around in a dressage saddle and trying to enjoy something that I don’t enjoy...and that is going around in circles , Maybe I Foxhunted too many years to change from forward seat to “dressage seat” the trainer was telling me the same things but I was in a ring with inviting jumps😂 ....I know I’m 64 and just came to the realization I want to do hunters and learn to ride courses..... 😂 Lord help me

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  • NoSuchPerson
    Originally posted by mswillie View Post

    My knees are kind of shot but so far if I ride with my stirrups a little on the long side I'm ok.
    I saw something one time that said, "If your knees hurt, your stirrups are too short. If your hips hurt, your stirrups are too long. If your knees and your hips hurt, your stirrups are just right."

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  • Foxtrot's
    You are just stop questioning anything. If you are fit and capable age is just a number.

    I have recently retired my mare and do miss the riding and taking care of her - I still hear her shoes in the aisle of the barn even though she's been gone a while.

    I rode for 75 years - doing everything from showing - Pony Club, to x-country - hunting - trails - cattle and bred and broke my last few horses.

    I actually think starting my young horses is my forte and developing that feel.

    The jumps did get smaller over time, tho!

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  • kenyarider
    65 and still riding and showing. I have a wonderful trainer who makes me jump higher than I like in the warm up. My old English friend was still hunting, riding and caring for his horses at 88. I have lost touch but if he's still above ground, he's riding. I do CrossFit to be stronger though compared to the under 40s there, I can barely lift. hahaha.

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  • mswillie
    Just turned 60. One horse, boarded at a lovely facility. At this time I'm only riding about twice a week. Work and the fact that my elderly father lives with me limits my time but I really want to find at least another day to ride.

    My horse is 17 and a saint.

    My knees are kind of shot but so far if I ride with my stirrups a little on the long side I'm ok. I plan on riding as long as physically possible. Getting outdoors and moving is the best preventative medicine there is. I still have a number of years before I can retire but I plan to fill up the extra time riding when I reach that point.

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  • chaserider
    65 here. I lesson once or twice a week either privately or with young whippersnappers in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. They are inspiring me to try jumping cross-rails once I get up the gumption to do it. Use it or lose it, folks!

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