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        08-30-2012, 01:58 AM
    I have made the decision not to have any horses until I have graduated (for those who don't know, I am a mature age student in my late twenties lol, so it's not nearly as pretentious as it sounds). I KNOW that I would not be able to regulate my horse time, so my study time would definitely suffer. I also KNOW that I can't regulate my horse related spending, and as we are a mid-size family on one income, it wouldn't be feasible.

    Once I graduate however...........
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        08-30-2012, 08:11 AM
    In theory, I could make it out to my barn more often but it would be mainly during rush hour and the traffic towards my barn is major suck. Like gridlock for two hours suck. So for now, I ride at my lesson on Saturday or Sunday mornings. I'm self-employed and would eventually like to hire someone so that I can ride more often during the weekdays and avoid rush hour.
        08-30-2012, 08:15 AM

    I work 40 hours, am taking 2 college courses, go to the gym, am starting to teach Zumba, have 5 fur babies at home and I'm married. I go to the barn 5-7 days a week and ride about as often, weather depending (I don't have an indoor). I make a schedule of sorts for myself and it makes things easier.
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        08-30-2012, 08:20 AM
    I try to go at least twice a week to ride. If time and weather permits, I go a few extra days just to groom and spend time with my horse without working her or riding. I work full-time M-F, but by the time I get home, make/have dinner, take daughter to taekwondo, help with homework, there's little time left. I'm also divorced so my daughter goes to her dad's on the weekends, which does give me some time at the barn!

    The first Saturday I showed up, my horse looked at me and was like, "Mom! It's Saturday! What are you doing here?!?!"
        08-30-2012, 04:37 PM
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    Whe Hubby is out of town I go 5-7 days a week. When hubby in town its usually 3. I would go every day if it was closer. 45 - 1 hour from work and then 1/2 hour home. Kudos to you DancingArabians ( do you sleep?)
        08-30-2012, 04:45 PM
    I'm not spending half as much time with the horses as I'd like. I work full time, ontop of that I juggle a 5yo and 1yo (kids not horses). Every day is a struggle, I'm with the horses twice a day, every day, but with the baby I'm very restricted in what I can do. My daughter rides her pony more than I ride. We can only ride days when my husband hasn't sports training, as it's too much of a hassle to be with her, the pony and the baby. He trains or has matches 3/4 times a week, so those days I don't have any help with the kids as he is gone from 7am - 10pm..

    All in all.. it's a struggle, but even if I only have 5 min to give Bandit a chat and a scratch... that's darn near the best part of my day. It's when I can clear my head and not think about nappies/school/work.

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