All the Encouragement You Need to Start Riding as an Adult

Updated on March 11, 2019
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Ellison is a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. She runs a summer camp program and offers kids a safe introduction to horses.

Myself and Dejavu' Dublin
Myself and Dejavu' Dublin | Source

Is Riding Horses Just for Children? No Way!

At our farm, we recently planned a "try-a-ride" event. This type of event offers people a way to come and see what it is like at the farm by experiencing a short ride or a mini-lesson. It seems like a lot of people think about riding horses but don't for one reason or another.

My lesson barn is filled with children. We do have some adult students though, and we encourage adults to sign up for lessons, too. We want them to feel welcome.

That being said, I think it bears talking about how starting riding lessons can be done at any age! You don't have to be a child to be able to learn to ride a horse well. In fact, for many reasons, I think adults have an advantage over children when it comes to learning to ride.

Trail riding at Gettysburg on a guided historical tour of the battlefield. There is lots to do with horses besides riding in a ring!
Trail riding at Gettysburg on a guided historical tour of the battlefield. There is lots to do with horses besides riding in a ring! | Source

Better Attention Span and Focus

The first reason is that as adults, we have a better attention span. We chose that we want to ride, and we focus on our instructors. Due to our maturity and life experience, we are able to learn things more quickly since we can understand the theory or reasoning behind them.

We Are Better at the Things We Choose to Do!

If you are taking riding lessons as an adult, that means it is something that you have chosen to pursue. As a beginner riding instructor, I have seen so many kids that don't excel with horses because they don't want to ride. For whatever reason, they just aren't into it. You can be the most athletic person on Earth and the quickest learner, and not excel if you don't want to be doing something.

If you make the conscious decision to take lessons as an adult, you will be more dedicated than the child whose parents signs them up for something to do after school. You can control where you ride, how often you ride, etc. We do better with anything when we feel like we are in control of the decision to do it. If you decide to ride, you very well may be more dedicated than if you were forced to take lessons as a child.

Healthy Respect, Not Fear

I tend to hear more adults mention fear. They have responsibilities and are afraid of getting hurt and not being able to work. My argument for this is very simple. You could get hurt doing anything. You could get in a car accident that was no fault of your own or trip and fall down the stairs. You just never know what life may bring.

If you take the time to find a barn that has a good reputation for teaching beginner riding lessons, you can bet they have taken the time to find good horses. Horses that are as safe and predictable as an animal with its own thought process can be. Part of a lesson horse's job description is to ease new riders fears and build confidence.

A good instructor will respect your fear and see where you are coming from. They will also help you gain confidence in trust in them and the horses. Between the instructor and the lesson horses, your fear should quickly turn to a healthy respect for the animal, not a debilitating fear that keeps you from learning to ride.

I have found that fearful adult riders are easier to teach then fearful children. I can talk an adult through a situation and break things down for them. Since communication is so much easier with an adult than a scared child, they overcome their fears faster than a lot of children who, at their age, don't have the ability to rationalize what is going on.

As adults, we can think about things more clearly. We are able to vocalize our concerns or thoughts and ask questions, rather than as a child just crying and giving up.

I didn't start learning to vault until a few years ago, when I was 32!
I didn't start learning to vault until a few years ago, when I was 32! | Source

Exercise

Riding is good exercise as well—I mentioned that in another recent post. If you have trouble motivating yourself to exercise by walking or going to the gym, horseback riding may be a good choice for you. Riding builds muscle strength, muscle memory, and coordination as well as balance.

Fresh Air and Sunshine!

So many adults work indoors stuck between four walls all day starring at a screen—it takes a toll. To be healthy human beings we need sunlight and fresh air. Horseback riding is a way not just to get yourself active and moving, but also get you outside for a change. If you don't get much time outside, this is a way that you can commit to making time for outdoor activity.

Aleta and Cool
Aleta and Cool | Source

The Most Important Reasons of All!

Lastly, horses are therapeutic. They mirror our emotions and energy. They teach us how our energy affects other beings around us. They are beautiful and strong animals. Learning how to communicate with them in their language is not just fun, it is empowering.

So there you have it. If you are an adult who has always dreamed of riding horses, why not give it a try! It may be a step out of your comfort zone, but I bet you will be glad you decided to do it.

A true love of horses is something that you never outgrow. If you never had the chance to ride as a child, don't let that stop you. Nobody that loves horses should have to go through life without the chance to spend time with them.

Do something for yourself for a change! Horseback riding lessons aren't just for children. Your life will be much better with horses in it, I promise!

Aleta and Ruby
Aleta and Ruby | Source

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    • Ellison Hartley profile imageAUTHOR

      Ellison Hartley 

      4 days ago from Maryland, USA

      Thank you so much! I agree with you they are gorgeous animals, I feel lucky to have a life with them.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I am in no way an experienced rider, but I love horses and have owned a couple over the years. I love your love for them. I consider them to be the most majestic animals on this planet.

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