Any adults out there who can share a really positive story about quitting jumping (not just riding) and then getting back to jumping (not dressage or just starting to ride again) at an older age? Don’t tell me about a 30 year old who stopped jumping at 20 and started again at 30. That’s not old!
So I haven’t jumped consistently pretty much my entire life. Had green horses, then no horses, then a horse and jumped around 2’6"-2’9", then daughter got into riding so I gave it up to afford it for her. So from age 42-47 I would borrow a horse, or take a lesson, or partial lease for maybe 2 or 3 months, but mostly it was 6 months of no jumping, then 2-4 weeks of jumping. That sort of thing. Always starting again. 2’6" started to look like 3 ft. Then 2 ft looked like 2’6", etc.
So now I’ve only jumped like 4 times in the past 3 years and the last time was 18 months ago. But I quit jumping because 1) it scared me and 2) it was less accessible than dressage.
Something hit me the other day and I hated myself for quitting. Thinking “was that the last time I will ever jump?”. So I am back again. Taking 2 lessons per week on a friend’s ex 3’6" jumper mare who is now around 20 years old but can still do 2’6". She’s def a jumper, which is fine with me because she has no stop (my biggest fear). We are doing a whopping 18" right now until I get stronger position.
So not only do I want to jump again. I want to jump higher than before. I’ve done a few singles at 3 ft, and even a 4 ft vertical in Ireland at age 30 before kids. But I want to jump and jump well and jump higher.
Anyone out there take a LONG time off and get back into it better than every before? BTW I am very fit. Work out all the time, and can outpace most 20 year olds. So fitness isn’t an issue. Talent maybe, but I am athletic. It’s pretty much mental.
Give me some good comeback stories!!!