I board my mare and filly where I work, so I'm at the barn a lot more than I actually spend time with them sadly.
I feed evenings for everyone, so usually 1-2 hours every evening (just feeding, not enough time to do more than check my mares over and give them a kiss before it gets dark) and 8-9 hours on Saturdays which is our main lesson and therapy day. I spend 2 of those hours just with my girls, usually.
Lately though, I've been spending about 20 of my 24 hours a day at the farm, nursing a sick baby!\
I do homework immediately after coming home, and am often up until 12 or 1, only to wake up again 5 hours later xD its tough and I've had to reprioritize a lot of times and stopped almost all of my other extracurricular activities, but I wouldnt trade it for a thing.
I have 4 horses of my own here at home and one boarded here. During the spring/summer/fall we ride 3-5 times a week, anywhere from 1 hour to 5 hours....in the winter months because it's bitterly cold here and icey for the horses we don't usually ride much......
I definetly wouldn't trade my life with my horses for anything!
Mine are here w me, so 7 days a week....except - when it is too cold and windy (unfortunately, I don't have a heated indoor arena...if only). If I don't ride, I do ground work, trimming, and "beautification".:)
I had one pony or horse from 5 yrs old to 15. Then 2 yrs ago at 45. I got one horse, then another, and another and another and a donkey too. Now I have 5 equines in our family. I spend 1-4 hours daily on them, with care, training and riding. Posted via Mobile Device
For me, I usually see my horse 5 times a week, however it's been Christmas and that's hectic for me, so I haven't seen my horse for two weeks. The peelings from the carrots and parsnips from Christmas are still in my fridge.
I wish I got to ride more often. I get to the stable once a week for lessons, but I'm there between 2-4 hours. I'm hoping to get down another day during the week to groom and pick up any knowledge I can, even if I can't afford the lesson.
We usually spend two hours with ours in the morning, 3 hours in the afternoon, and then three hours late at night. I have to little ones (20 month old and 5 month) so I have to work around their schedule meaning getting up in the wee hours of the morning and staying up sometimes till 1-2 in the morning. Sometimes I get lucky. Especially with winter and get a little more of a break but with training 2 horses, taking care of senior that's having multiple problems, the other horses are either well broke and don't require daily handling or retirees, and just daily feeding, grooming, mucking stalls, and what not its a lot of time and effort. I gave up all my extra when I had kids so squeezing in the horses has been difficult but, we deal with it and do as we have too.
I've only ever done self care - I can't really imagine paying someone else to look after my horse! The travel gets annoying but it comes with the territory.
So I am 7 days, 20 mins - 2+ hours a day depending on how much of a rush I am in, and in winters or rainy days I go morning too.
A lot of people go on about how much of a responsibility it is - and sure it does limit the things I can do, but all hobbies do that if you're serious about it. I'd much rather give up time and money on a horse than have nothing.