Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
We have three low maintenance, easy keepers here, so the effort is not very big. They are out 24x7 (no stalls to clean), graze the pasture, and always have free choice hay (a round bale) available.
When the sun comes up, we go out and look them over for any injuries (15 minutes).
At dinner, we look them over again, give them a couple cups of grain, maybe an apple or carrot, and fill up their water (30 minutes).
After a strong storm, we'll walk/drive the fence to look for any fallen branches, etc. (30 minutes)
Put out a new round bale as needed (30 minutes every 1 to 3 weeks depending on the weather and how much grass there is).
Hoof care (trim myself)/grooming/etc. every Saturday morning (2 hours).
I have a full time (real) job, but I work at home via mobile broadband (no DSL or cable here).
Walking out the door to visit or ride anytime you want is absolutely priceless.
Having a good pair of muck boots for wading through the mud in the winter is essential, though.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.