I rode from seven to about nineteen. Rode to the level of cantering/ jumping/ riding in small shows etc. I stopped as at nineteen was diagnosed with epilepsy and confidence went completely. But the itch won't go away and at 40 have given in. I can't face going to a riding school and trotting in circles but the place I've booked at offers pony treks in small groups. I've asked to be treated as a novice rider but not a beginner as not sure how confident I'll feel or how much I'll remember. I've done some bits of riding i.e. on hols etc but not for some years. this is a huge step as there is a lot of emotional baggage mixed up in this but so glad I've been brave enough to take the plunge.