How Old Is Too Old to Ride Horses?

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Too Old to Ride?

  2006 Cherry Hill

Hi Cherry:

I didn’t see this addressed in articles or books (but it might be a great idea for one!)

Like a lot of adults who were crazy about horses in our youth, my son is grown and out and I have some expendable income and would like to get back into horses. I’m not as fearless as I was when I was young, and don’t heal as quickly either. Do you have any advice for us semi-oldsters that want to return to the saddle?

Thanks for your time, Ann

Hi Ann,

Yes it would be a good book, wouldn't it? That's because there are so many people just like you who have put horses on hold while they were busy with families or jobs and now, in their 50s, 60s and 70s, they want to trail ride or compete or just have a horse to take care of.

Although it is true that we must respect the power and size of horses and the limitations of our bodies, there is no reason why you shouldn't pursue this dream. Here are some ideas to get your started.

First of all, I'd suggest taking lessons before you consider buying a horse. This will help you find out what type of horse you like and what style of riding you like while being in a protected environment under the guidance of a teacher. To find a good instructor in your area, contact ARIA. You can read about their program on their website The first quick link on the left is to find a certified instructor in your area. A good instructor emphasizes safety which is what will help give you confidence as you get "back in the saddle".

I'd also review basic safety rules for handling and riding horses and aids for basic riding. There are a lot of articles on under Riding and Mounted Training that would be helpful. Also reading "Becoming an Effective Rider" would also get you in the riding mode. You can read more about what it contains here

Best of luck and let me know what you decide to do.

  2004 Cherry Hill




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