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post #1 of 16 Old 08-29-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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How do you balance riding with work or school?

Do you take the occasional lesson and cut back on barn days during school/work days, or do you make it a priority? Just curiously. I thought it would be interesting to hear different ways!

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-29-2012, 05:46 PM
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The barn is a recreational activity, not a priority unless its your job. It used to be my job for years, and so I was there everyday for that time.

These days, its recreation for me. When I have my daughter (I have shared parenting with her), I am never at the barn. I am either at work, or at home taking care of her.

When she's with her dad, I am at the barn every day I don't work. The barn is about 45 minutes away otherwise I'd be there everyday I do work as well.

Its not a priority anymore though. My daughter and job is a priority. The barn is just recreation these days.
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for me my horses are my kids my work is what allows to have my kids.

so work comes first. during the week i generally don't make it back to my parents place more then twice a week. and when i am there its all about manners and making sure they look healthy and have no new wounds i need to tend to.

friday night/ saturday/and sunday are my riding days. if i have work it can be handled over the phone so i just need to stay in a reception area. but my guys wont complain they get feed 2 times a day worked if lucky 3 times a week and have all the freedom a 17acre field can offer :)
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I work to afford my horses. Were it not for horses I probably wouldn't work half as hard as I do! So the barn is a priority for me. I will go to work or school very early if I have to in order to have time to ride both horses in the evenings. I think it would be different if my coach wasn't 4 hours away, but she's not :P so its up to me to get all my riding done myself.
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-29-2012, 07:11 PM
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I work two jobs, in Nursing school, and newly married. It is tough but I currently make it to the stables 2 days a week. There are days (like today) when I am so stressed I wish I could just go play with my horse friends and leave my phone behind, but priorities come first.
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post #6 of 16 Old 08-29-2012, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by englishaqh View Post
Do you take the occasional lesson and cut back on barn days during school/work days, or do you make it a priority? Just curiously. I thought it would be interesting to hear different ways!
I have no horses of my own as of now, but try to ride as much as money allows. I take two lessons a week, one of which falls in the middle of the work week. I manage by sacrifices... which usually means that I have to skip dinner and won't get back home till 9pm on that day, haha! If I had my own horse I'd simply be doing that more often. But I love riding so much it's a sacrifice I'm more than happy to make.

My weekends are usually free to do my other lesson and ride my friend's horses.

I wouldn't consider riding a priority exactly. However it is of importance to me after my health, my family, and my finances/work. If those other things are intact, riding is no issue.
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-29-2012, 08:52 PM
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I'm finding it really hard right now to balance it.

With work, study and travel I only see Rosie about twice a week.

I make it a priority to ensure Rosie is cared for and I would put it first if it was required (such as vet care, etc), but as far as the recreational aspect of riding is considered it comes second after work and study.
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-29-2012, 08:55 PM
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I have a hectic schedule and can only afford to ride one day a week. I have school all day Monday and Thursday, and I work the other weekdays at my day job, and then on the weekends I usually have my cake decorating business keeping me busy. It's worth it though. Besides, I am much happier being busy than not.
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-29-2012, 09:02 PM
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Well I work 40 hours a week plus commute comes to 50 hours a week. Then I'm in college full time with 13 credits. I make it to the barn everyday. I don't ride everyday but try for 4-5 days a week.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-29-2012, 10:13 PM
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Ugh, it's really hard for me.

Now that my foster kids are back in school though, I intend to ride 4 times a week. It's just too hot in the middle of summer anyway. I will of course take equal time off when it's just too darn cold.
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