Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Alright, well the first question is can you multi-task? Especially when I was doing FLVS (I had two AP classes my senior year) I was basically eating all of my meals in front of the computer. But in all honesty, do you HAVE to show Phoebe every weekend? Obviously its taking a toll on you, and your stress is going to translate in to her performance and her attitude. Not to mention the money you spend between the entry fees and the gas getting there, and if you trailer your own horse that's even MORE gas.....
I don't know what level jumper you are, but unless you have just moved up to a new height, there shouldn't be a reason she needs to do the same jump courses at your barn five days a week and then do some more jump courses on the weekend....horses need stimulation too. That's not to say that she doesn't need to be worked to keep her condition up, but you could most likely take her through her paces, maybe over some cross rails and then call it a day. I know at my barn, which is big on youth shows, Mondays are a day of rest for the horses and no one is allowed in the ring. Perhaps you should come up with your own day of rest? That way you can work with Patch, get him slowly re-conditioned while having some breathing room to get your homework done (since I know on FLVS its due by week not by day). Also, is there someone at your barn who'd be willing to ride Phoebe/work with Patch one day a week? What about your trainer?
But especially right now, your school should really be the priority. Horses are a passion, but unless you're getting offers from the Olympic team, they aren't going to pay the bills if you want to continue with them in life. I know it sucks to hear, but the 'FLVS' needs to be where 'barn' is on your list (Besides, in Florida weather, its much easier to work later on in the day/ early evening when its not sweltering).
The lists though are a good thing. At least you're not running around like a headless chicken frantic to get everything done, and everything is laid out for you to see. Sorry if it seems like I'm kind of ragging on you, I don't mean to! I just know what its like to have a lot on your plate....so just cut back the stuff you can afford to cut back on until you're at a place where you can add more on.