Don't get me wrong I love having my horses at home. But some days after doing all the care that needs done, feeding, watering, brushing, feet cleaning, the cleaning up horse poo, general repairs and maintenance. I don't have the energy to ride, but I do it anyway because I have to.
I feel horses need to be ridden regularly not just left in a lot or pasture. So then the riding even becomes work. Its easy for a joy to turn into drudgery when you have to do it.
I smell like horse most of the time and not the good smell you get when you board your horse and just go visit. I mean horse poo and urine. Especially if its a windy day and the manure is dry and it blows back in your face and hair.... yuck!
Then I go for a ride and its a pretty day and Vida is a dear loving horse and it makes it all worth while
It takes work to get there though.