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post #11 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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I work grave yard and when I get home in the morning after a 10 (sometimes 14 hour) shift I am exhausted and just feed the horses and go to bed. Then I get about 4 hours of sleep and there are times it takes me 3 hours to shovel poop if I don't have time to do it every day. Maybe I am too thorough because I make little piles of all the old hay and poop with the shovel. I literally dump anywhere from 10 wheel barrels full of poop and hay but I make sure I get ALL of it. Then I have to run my errands and get the house clean and have supper made before the hubby gets home from work. Then I go back to work. I am constantly sleep deprived and that is probably the reason why I am too tired to ride when everything is done.
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post #12 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 01:34 AM
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Are you able to move your horses somewhere with full or part care? Or hire a kiddo to do some of the work maybe a couple of afternoons a week after school?

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post #13 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe I could hire some of the neighbor kids to do it. I can't believe I never thought of that!
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post #14 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 01:41 AM
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Haha, there is always an abundance of kids to use as barn slaves if required!!

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post #15 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 09:50 AM
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I moved back to my private field from the yard as I found it too much putting him out at 6am and going back after work to muck out bring him in, as it's dark by the time you want to ride! I feel like there's not as much pressure on me now I'm back in my private field.

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post #16 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 10:06 AM
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"Time Management", which has already been said, is key.

Energy level falls hand-in-hand with that (literally and figuratively - lol)

Hiring Kiddos is a great idea, just don't hire your best friend's kiddos - lol lol That way if they don't live up to your expectations and you have to fire them, you're not out a best friend - lol lol lol

Firing family Kiddos from barn chores is ok --- they'll get over it eventually - lollol My nephew did ---- at least I think he did
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post #17 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 02:51 PM
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My horse gets 24/7 turnout on about 1 1/2 acres of land. When I am feeling particularly energetic I go collect manure, pick up fallen branches and chop down saplings. Otherwise I leave it be. I am not the most diligent horse owner when it comes to pasture management.

When he is corralled I go poo picking daily, takes about 10-15 minutes. Having a good manure fork helps a lot.

Haul water - once every 2-3 days. Takes about 20 minutes to wash out the barrels, fill them and unload them.

Tacking up and getting ready to ride takes 20-30 minutes - I groom, pick feet, address any issues with the hooves as necessary, tack up, fuss with tack, fuss with tack some more, take a deep breath and hop on...

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post #18 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 03:21 PM
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Funny, I had this conversation with my farrier this morning. My horses are very good with the farrier and he always comments on how exceptional they are and what a pleasure they are to work with. So I told him they'd probably be better but I only ride on the weekends. That said, we ride all day, or rather, spend the whole day with the horses under saddle. We stop for lunch and take a break for a hour or so every once in a while.

He tells me most horse owners don't ride more than a few times a year, that my wife and I (who ride pretty much every weekend) ride as much as anyone other than the full time trainers he services ride. He then tells me about all the horses he shoes where the horse is somewhat difficult.

I do feed and groom twice a day and clean stalls every day. I spend two to three hours a day at the barn, with and/or around my horses. I clean feet every day. I'm lucky to have my horses here and don't have to board so I can spend the time many spend driving doing the things necessary to care for my horses but I seldom saddle and ride here.

So, I guess, the truth be told, according to him most horse owners don't ride everyday. The dozen or so who responded being the exception, as clearly there are some people who do ride everyday.

No need to feel guilty, just do the best you can and enjoy the time you have with your horses as best you can.
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post #19 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 03:36 PM
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Efficiency is just as important as time management. For example, I get the horse in, take off his blanket and let him eat his pellets. While he's eating I get the tack out of the tackroom, put on my gear - boots, spurs if I'm using them, body protector, helmet. Etc.

If you soak feed, let it sit while you ride if you feed after or start it soaking immediately and do something else. If you're waiting for something use that time to do something else instead of standing.
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post #20 of 22 Old 10-30-2012, 10:33 PM
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From the time I was aged 9-12 this was my job, lol. I worked first at one barn where I cleaned 35 stalls almost daily, watered, fed, groomed, rode most of the owners horses, this place was a boarders farm, also. And between it I balanced schools, after school clubs, chores at home, riding lessons, and taking care of and riding my horses, as well as showing constantly. Then the second place was 19 stalls, including a stallion-that was a pain. The 19 stalls seemed harder than the 35! Now I'm spoiled-I feed two horses and clean a huge stall for the both of them, no more lessons, and ride. Lol.
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