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post #21 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 09:09 AM
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I have health problems so sold my horse but my daughter is 40 minutes every morning and 40 minutes every night this time of year. Once spring comes she will be 40 minutes every morning and even with school, band, play and a boyfriend she rides at least 90 minutes 6 days out of 7. She always gives them a day off. If she had a show the day before they will have the next day off. When school is out and she can ride in the morning that is what she does.
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post #22 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 09:42 AM
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I board out, but am still at the barn 7 days a week. I budget 3hrs + 1.5-2 hrs per horse including driving for my barn time as I ride each horse for 45-60 minutes.
Some days I end up out there twice a day. And I work/do school a f/t 40 hours a week as well. Plus cross training!
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post #23 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 09:53 AM
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Okay let's see. 7 days a week, 5-6 days I'm at the farm for 10hrs. I ride 3-8 horses a day spend about 1.5 hours grooming. How long I ride is always changing. Plus I grain the horses morning and night.

I do have a horse like 2 min. Away from me so I see him the days I'm not at the farm. Usually with him for about 2 hours.

Would I change anything in my life? Nope, to me I'm living the dream.
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post #24 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 10:02 AM
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Kaylee -that sounds like a lot of work, but it also sounds wonderful.
Our horses are here also. I probably spend an hour and 1/2 each day with them during the week. I ride mostly on the weekends now because the days are so short. Sometimes, I just like to sit and watch them.

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post #25 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 10:19 AM
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I am very lucky to have a boarding barn only 5 minutes from my house. I only ride 2 or 3 times a week, but my daughter walks to the barn after school a lot, which helps me out so I don't feel so guilty.
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post #26 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 10:52 AM
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Before October I was a 5hr/7 days a week type of person. Now I am only able to see my guy once every 6-12 months. He's in the wonderful care of my uncle though, and stays in great shape with all of the trail riding he does.

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post #27 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 11:44 AM
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Tennessee, I'm glad you have someone to take care of your horse while you are away. So many people have to let them go:(
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post #28 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 11:54 AM
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7days a week, half an hour to five or six hours depending on whether I'm just nipping in before work to feed, or have a day off to ride, clean tack, wash legs etc. Mine lives out, and I split the feeding with the yard owner so we each do either morning or evening feeds each day. So when I do evenings I ride as well, but if I'm doing a late shift I just nip in to feed, check rugs etc inte morning. Trying to fit five rides a week in around a full time (42.5 hours a week) plus my part time job (8 hours a week) is hard going but we manage...
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post #29 of 29 Old 12-30-2012, 03:31 PM
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I have varying amounts of time actually with horses (usually about 5 hours a week, I'd say...sometimes more, sometimes much less), but they occupy much more of my time than that. I couldn't count how many time a day I think about them, or how many hours I spend reading books and articles and researching every horse-related topic I ever wonder about...
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