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post #1 of 8 Old 01-21-2011, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone live an hour plus from their barn?

I board my horse at a stable about an hour and a half from my house. There are closer barns but none that had trainers I liked with a price tag I could afford. Boarding is very expensive up here. I absolutely love my trainer, it is a small barn, great training, great care for my horse, and great people. My only problem, I get burnt out from the driving. I want to see my horse as much as possible, but lately the drive has been killing me. Has anyone else had this problem? What did you do to get out of your driving funk?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-21-2011, 09:22 PM
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I used to drive about an hour or hour and a half to get to my barn, but now the issue isn't that the barn is far away. It's I have no car here.
The barn is about a 15 minute drive, but much longer to walk. Unfortunately the city transit doesnt go out to where it is so I have no idea how I am going to get riding in..
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-22-2011, 10:18 PM
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Oh, yes. All the English barns in my area are an hour away, if not more. My current barn is one hour exactly, driveway to driveway. Thankfully, 90% of that is on wide open roads and only a few minutes of city traffic.

The drive is long, but it gives me time to visualize what I need to work on, and then the drive back gives me time to think about the lesson and things I liked or didn't like, things I need to work on ... Although I do have to confess that I drive 45 minutes to work 5 days a week -- in the opposite direction of the barn. So, I'm used to lengthy commutes.

Having XM/Sirius has helped tremendously. When I get tired of the music, there's always comedy or news/chat channels.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-24-2011, 08:15 PM
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Ugh, yes. I'm only 40 minutes, but it's still far when gas is $3.30 a gallon and you work 2 jobs. I don't get too bummed out because I'm still tickled pink to see him every time I go up to see him. I usually mentally map out my riding strategy for that day. Then of course, when I get up there, we usually do something completely different anyway.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-24-2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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I love getting to the barn, the drive had just gotten to me lol. I got myself into a routine, which helps get me om the road. Fortunately and unfortunately I'm leaving the country for five months, so I've gotten into a good routine and I am leaving in a few weeks. Just glad I got myself in gear to see him as much as I can before I leave!
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-25-2011, 08:29 PM
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If it makes you feel better, it takes me minimum 90 minutes one way to get to work everyday. At least you're taking forever to get somewhere you actually want to go!

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-25-2011, 09:01 PM
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I'm only a 15 mile drive, but I don't have a barn or any help-- I'm just renting a 20 acre pasture for my horse and pony. I have a storage shed out there for feed and such, and the lady that owns it live on the property, but she's 74 and knows nothing about horses.

I can't imagine driving that far! I used to drive 30 miles one way to school, five days a week, for three years. So driving isn't new to me, but I agree with the gas thing. Ugh!

Keep your spirits up. You have a trainer you like (lucky!) and a barn where your babies will be well taken care of. And hopefully, one day, you'll be able to have them closer.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-25-2011, 10:41 PM
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I live an hour away from my barn. It's not the worst but it definitely consumes a lot of time. Next month we are moving 15 minutes away, so looking forward to seeing my buddy almost everyday!
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