It seems once you start doing something, everyone's either done it and got the proverbial t-shirt, or are learning too. One of the student assistant folks told me he took up riding in his 50s, so feeling quite young and inspired again.
The funniest thing I've heard is Russell Brand's account of how his riding lessons are going in Hawaii, on the Radio 2 show. He said walk was okay, and trot was where you get jiggled around a lot, and then canter... what could possibly come after canter, says Russell, when the horse goes like a runaway train (or something - can't remember word for word), and (I quote this bit) "your knackers get smashed to bits". I haven't got knackers, but have got equally sensitive bits in the same place, and can testify that if you haven't got the rhythm spot on, they do indeed get smashed to bits! And blistered. Mustn't forget the blisters - I certainly won't.
Am most jealous of Russell being able to learn on a beach in Hawaii, but he can keep the surfing lessons, thank you.
p.s. Brand is a bit like Marmite... you either love him or hate him, and I fink eez wanderfu' innit! Even mentioned Chomsky today - there's ejecayshun for ya!