Age won’t stop me rid­ing!

Your Horse (UK) - - Over To You -

I en­joyed Dun­can Carthy’s let­ter in the June 2017 is­sue of Your Horse as I’m in the po­si­tion of be­ing an adult be­gin­ner rider my­self. I be­gan in Oc­to­ber last year, aged 43, and I’m still in the ‘learn­ing ris­ing trot/ steer­ing/bal­ance’ phase! It can be a bit de­mor­al­is­ing to see so many peo­ple rid­ing so con­fi­dently, es­pe­cially the younger ones, but it’s not a race. It’s im­por­tant to set achiev­able goals and cel­e­brate each small suc­cess. I was im­pressed to hear of Dun­can’s jump­ing as that’s a long way off for me but I’d still like to have a go. So keep it up Dun­can, you’re a real in­spi­ra­tion to me! I broke my wrist in Fe­bru­ary so I had nine weeks off rid­ing and lost quite a bit of strength and flex­i­bil­ity dur­ing that time. I re­turned to rid­ing about six weeks ago and I’m now tak­ing it slowly but surely. Amanda Beauchamp, Welling­ton

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