How to start horse riding in your 50s and 60s

So, how do you actually start learning to ride a horse? Just like any other skill, you’ll need to take lessons – but unlike some sports, this isn’t something you can do by yourself. You’ll need to go to a riding school and work with a riding instructor, and whether you choose to have private lessons or attend group classes is up to you (and your budget).

To find a riding school near you or a centre that provides lessons, head over to the British Horse Society. Once you’ve found some riding centres near you, you may want to visit a few so you can get a feel for the environment, meet the horses, and speak to the instructors. Finding the right school is important, as there are lots of different lessons, courses, and instructors out there. Riding requires time, money, and effort, so it’s key that you actually like your instructor and enjoy your lessons.

If you’re new to riding, then riding centres and schools will usually recommend that you start off with some one-to-one lessons, with the option to progress into group lessons once you feel more confident. Do bear in mind that when you arrange a lesson, you’ll need to state your height, weight, and any riding experience you have; as this helps the school find a suitable horse and plan appropriate lessons.

When starting out horse riding, it’s normal to be excited about improving and to want to progress as fast as possible. After all, when we imagine ourselves horse riding we probably picture ourselves cantering gracefully around fields rather than practising basic balancing skills! But learning to ride takes time, and it’s important not to rush. When you’re just starting out, it’s crucial to ride at a level where you feel safe and confident.

We’re all different, and some people naturally take to riding much quicker than others. How long it takes you to ride proficiently will depend on your level of fitness and coordination – as well as how much time you’re willing to spend on riding. Generally speaking, the average adult will need around 10 private lessons before they’re able to walk, halt, trot, canter, and steer.

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