If you’ve had a lifelong love affair with horses but have never taken the first steps towards learning how to ride, you may be wondering if you’ve missed out on the window for the “appropriate” age for learning.
This couldn’t be further from the truth!
If you have a love and passion for horses and are in good health, you’re the perfect candidate for horseback riding, no matter your age.
It’s never too late to take up horse riding!
It’s All About Dedication
The first thing to consider when approaching learning to ride a horse is just how badly you want to learn this new skill. Any equestrian can tell you: horse riding can be hard work, both mentally and physically.
It’s crucial to ensure that you approach it with the right attitude and a certain amount of dedication.
Some people have a misconception that in order to be a good or accomplished equestrian, you must begin riding as a child or teen. Absolutely not!
As we age, we gain clarity. It’s quite common to develop a strong urge to follow your passion for horse riding later in life. If you are 30, 40, or 50 years of age and worried that you won’t be able to keep up or compete with younger riders, it’s crucial to shake that misconception.
An accomplished rider achieves their riding goals by remaining dedicated and following their passion, and this remains true at any age.
Taking Up Horse Riding Late in Life
If you are 70 years of age or older and considering finally taking up riding, it’s important not to be discouraged simply due to your age.
If you are in good health, have strong determination, and a clearance from your physician, you’re a candidate for learning.
If you aren’t sure if you’re in good enough health to ride but feel very strongly about learning, consult your physician. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses.
If you have issues with balance or hand/eye coordination, you may have a hard time learning to ride. Your physician will be able to best advise you on what is best for you.
You can also consult the expertise of an experienced trainer; they will be able to gauge your riding abilities and help you decide if taking up riding at an older age is right for you. For some, time spent in the saddle is like coming home, and our bodies will let us know what we can and can not handle.
No matter your age, it’s never too late to follow your dreams and start learning how to ride horses.
If you’ve got the “OK” from your physician and are ready to jump into the equestrian world, start exploring your options for stables in your area and consult a trainer about the steps that you need to take to begin building your skills.