How old is too old?


New Member
Aug 25, 2021
Hi y'all! I just joined, not even thirty seconds ago. I'm 15 and I have a newfound love of barrel racing. I envision myself riding down into an arena with adrenaline coursing through me. It would be so much fun. Only problem is, one) I don't have a horse, and two) my grandma brings me down completely. She tells me that I should have started at 5. It breaks my heart. Am I too old to start lessons? I've always loved horses and want to learn so badly.
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lifelong sufferer of restless brain syndrome
Oct 28, 2004
New Zealand
Oooh, gosh no. You're never too old to learn to ride - certainly not at 15! I had my early experiences of riding when I was 15 but didn't ride regularly until I was 20 and didn't have my first lesson til I was 25. I've had a super fun career as a riding groom over the last 15 years and never felt like I was disadvantaged by not riding as a child. Starting young doesn't mean you'll become a great rider and starting older doesn't mean you won't.

chunky monkey

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May 2, 2007
No not too late , i didnt learn to ride til well into my 20s.
Being older you will be more conscious of falling perhaps. Th older you get the less you bounce when you have a fall, but you are never to late.


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Nov 11, 2018
Not at all!!! I had lots to do with horses, when I could, as a child, but didn't start riding seriously and regularly until I was 30! By the time I was 35 I had my first horse, and was fulfilling my dream of entering shows to jump.
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