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Has any one begun riding at 56? Not re-riding, but beginner rider

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  • #21
    OPRC

    Our chapter of Old People's Riding Club includes several people who started later in life - and several of the members don't canter. Enthusiasm is all that matters!

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    • #22
      I should add that my father learned to ski at age 70. He's still going strong 7 years later. Maybe someday he'll want to try a horse!
      -Debbie / NH

      My Blog: http://deborahsulli.blogspot.com/

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      • #23
        We are looking for that Steady Eddie right now for a friend of ours who is 54years old and has had five lessons in her life. Where are those horses?
        Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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        • #24
          A friend of mine got her first horse at 50 or so. She had not ridden much at all before then. Just a few trail rides here and there. They are doing fine.
          It's 2017. Do you know where your old horse is?

          www.streamhorsetv.com -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.

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          • #25
            Go for it!! I know several riders in their 50's-60's. I am in awe of your interest as it's not easy, but it is very rewarding.
            As for your concerns, they are real but... As long as the horse is safe and sane (and you realize that there are no guarantees with flight animals...) you should give it a shot. Be sure that you are ready for the muscle soreness that will accompany this venture. As your muscles learn what they need to do and how to do it, you will be sore! (I recommend Advil or cabernet, though not together.) Gradually build up your riding time. It will help those muscles learn without overdoing it and making you want to quit.
            If you are worried about the possibility of injury, I recommend a pilates or yoga class. It will help you with flexibility and balance. If you do have a spill, you will be better able to handle it with a good exercise/stretching program. Many pilates programs do alot of "leg work" that involves strengthening the hip area. I also recommend a regimen of walking to increase bone density.

            Good luck, keep us posted.
            F O.B
            Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
            Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique

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            • #26
              My friend who is a physiotherapist wears some kind of padded underwear to protect her hips should she fall and when she goes x-country skiing. Gets them from a medical supply store. Good idea for any of us I would think.

              The COTH enablers at it again ... would you expect them to DIScourage you???
              Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

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              • #27
                I started a student (had never ridden outside of occasional rentals) at 52. She's doing fine, has her own horse and rides W-T-C.

                Foxtrots, looking for a Steady Eddie? Find an older ranch-broke horse. They've been there/done that. Most are very quiet and tolerant.

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                • #28
                  yep i'm a 57 yo fat ol' fart too with the same issues lol!!! just recently got back up on our horses and just takin' it nice and slow on our own fenced in property...so far so good cause my fat ol' haflinger likes it nice and slow too!! we should start our own club hon!!

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                    #29
                    You all make me feel hopeful. Now, what saddle do I keep? I have a lovely Schleese dressage saddle or a cheap Wintec western saddle. Both have nice deep seats and its easier for me to ride with a longer leg. I guess I could put both on the market and which ever one sells first, by process of elimination, I've got the other one.

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by JustFive View Post
                      You all make me feel hopeful. Now, what saddle do I keep? I have a lovely Schleese dressage saddle or a cheap Wintec western saddle. Both have nice deep seats and its easier for me to ride with a longer leg. I guess I could put both on the market and which ever one sells first, by process of elimination, I've got the other one.
                      Or whichever one you find most comfortable--keep.
                      "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by JustFive View Post
                        You all make me feel hopeful. Now, what saddle do I keep? I have a lovely Schleese dressage saddle or a cheap Wintec western saddle. Both have nice deep seats and its easier for me to ride with a longer leg. I guess I could put both on the market and which ever one sells first, by process of elimination, I've got the other one.
                        Which discipline do you prefer? There is no hard and fast rule, just whatever works for you. Or, why not keep both? You can alternate as the mood strikes you.
                        -Debbie / NH

                        My Blog: http://deborahsulli.blogspot.com/

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                        • #32
                          If Madonna can do it, so can you! You go girl!
                          where are we going, and why am I in this hand basket?

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                          • #33
                            My DH - that's him in my Profile Pic
                            Started at Ground Zero at age 56.
                            Ended up showing H/J and eventing with me until he passed away at 70(death not horse-related)
                            If he'd lived, I'm certain he'd still be riding.

                            Find yourself a good trainer who understands an older beginner is different than a kid.
                            That might take time, but the advantage to being older is we know what we want and how to get it and don't settle for less.
                            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by JustFive View Post
                              I am old, fat and have no early horsey experience to fall back on.
                              I thought this was my personal slogan! I began from scratch in my twenties. I'll tell you one big plus for us versus the re-riders; we don't have any taunting memories of how easy it used to be, or how brave and strong we used to be And don't write off the older people's PC because they're all more experienced. I've usually been the least experienced person where I ride, and people are usually very pleasant about my participation in classes, conversations, etc.

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                              • #35
                                I am putting my 60 year old Mom in my wintec All purpose 200. It has a nice sticky seat, and is easy to handle. Think about the saddle lifting and carrying as exercise too. I'll put her in my old boots and breeches with knee patches, and a hard hat of her own. She is too "well endowed" for a chest protector right now, but maybe when she looses some weight. My 30 year old QH is going to be her mount. In the ring his default mode is stop. I may put her on my TB to learn to canter. I will also put on a martingale for her to hold if needed. Remember that dees are NOT safe to attatch stuff too, they will rip out.

                                What else.... DH is building us a nice a high mounting block for on AND off. I figure we'll start in the ring then progress to the trails once she can walk and trot and two point securely. I can't wait!
                                Do not take anything to heart. Do not hanker after signs of progress. Founder of the Riders with Fibromyalgia clique.

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                                • #36
                                  Go for it. I am personally looking forward to being a rerider at 60. I have ten more years of rescue to do and then I shall retire. This farm will be well on its way and have hopefully new people to run it. I shall take a couple of the old folks that I love then and move myself to a quiet little cabin in the middle of nowhere and learn to enjoy riding once again. I will have earned it.

                                  You clearly like your daughters horse, go for it. That way as well, you will always know what happened to him.
                                  Our horses are not seen as the old and disabled they may have become, but rather as the mighty steeds they once believed themselves to be.

                                  Sunkissed Acres Rescue and Retirement

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                                  • #37
                                    RN with osteoporosis waves her hand for attention...

                                    Please get a dexa scan to be sure your bones have sufficient density, if not, do what you need to do to get them headed the right direction. Then go for it. For what its worth, as a re rider in her early 50s I had several dreadful falls and some cracked ribs BEFORE I knew I had osteo, but its just good sense to do what you can for your skeletal health before you take up riding. You WILL fall, and at 56 you wont bounce, you will splat. So take care of your bones, get a good helmet, and have fun.

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