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post #1 of 14 Old 10-10-2010, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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How Do You Find the Time?

I don't have horses right now, as I can't afford them, but for those of you who do, where do you find the time?

I have a 40+ hour a week job, a husband who won't eat unless I cook for him (argh!) and a house that desperately needs cleaned. Honestly, those take up most of my time, so I can't imagine where I would find the hours to work with a horse, no matter how badly I would like one.

Especially when I see ads like one I found on craigslist; "needs more of a workout than the half hour daily I can give him."

So I guess my question is how often are you at the barn? When do you find time to work with your horse(s)? I think I need better time management. :p
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-10-2010, 06:47 PM
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I work almost every day these days, and have three kids. I ride before or after work, three to four days a week. Some days there are so many barn chores to be done riding is impossible and the mare gets lunged or daughter does ground work while I work. It's hard I agree.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-10-2010, 06:56 PM
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I don't have horses right now, as I can't afford them, but for those of you who do, where do you find the time?

I have a 40+ hour a week job, a husband who won't eat unless I cook for him (argh!) and a house that desperately needs cleaned. Honestly, those take up most of my time, so I can't imagine where I would find the hours to work with a horse, no matter how badly I would like one.

Especially when I see ads like one I found on craigslist; "needs more of a workout than the half hour daily I can give him."

So I guess my question is how often are you at the barn? When do you find time to work with your horse(s)? I think I need better time management. :p
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You need to invest in some husband training. I used to go and do my horses (muck out 6) before I went to work - so it meant being at the yard for 5:30am. Then back again every evening for a couple of hours. But then I was seriously ill, so now work part time AND my husband helps with the horses. He gives them breakfast, and then we both go up in the evening to do the chores. He cooks, and we both clean the house randomly, when you can see the dirt. My children, son & daughter, have done their own washing and ironing and been completely responsible for cleaning their own rooms and washing their own sheets since they were about 12.

You just do find the time if it is your priority, and the money.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-10-2010, 07:15 PM
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It takes extreme dedication.

For many family people, often keeping the horses at home can help with time management, but then you're also stuck doing ALL the chores, so you have to weigh the pros and cons.

The average time it takes to properly ride and visit your horse per day at a boarding barn would probably be about 1.5 to 2 hours. If you're wanting to ride for an hour, you can easily tack and untack within half an hour with proper time for good grooming. A few tips:

1. Board as close to home as possible - waste as little time as possible on the drive. I personally keep my horses 20 minutes away, and I live in the city. So I automatically waste almost an hour in driving time, but I have no other responsibilities outside of work.

2. Use the slow cooker on days you're riding! It's still a home cooked meal, and you won't be riding every day, so it balances itself out nicely.

3. Nobody should have to clean every single day - set aside 3-4 days a week for horses and keep the rest for your house cleaning, errands and other things.

4. Consider part board - having a good relationship with someone you trust can be perfect for two people on a time crunch who only have time to ride once or twice a week.

5. You don't HAVE to ride your horse 3-4 times a week. A lot of people are just weekend riders - it rules out any showing, and you can't ride hard, but plenty of horses with the right temperment are perfectly capable of doing rides only on weekends. Heck, my schedule gets so busy sometimes, I often do it myself! My horses survive!

In the end, when you keep your horse at a boarding barn, it's very beneficial to people on a time crunch. You ensure your horse is getting human interaction, even if you can't ride as often as you want. And you learn to adapt pretty quickly - if you work a 9-5 job, taking 2 hours in total for your horse means you're home by 7 - if you've thrown your meal in the slow cooker, dinner is waiting for you and house work was done yesterday, so you STILL have plenty of time to do dishes and tidy up before going to bed!

I personally am at the barn every single day - again, I don't have a husband or kids, so my schedule is open but I AM an insomniac that has to take sleeping pills, so it restricts my schedule. I'm off work at 4:30 and home from the barn by about 7:30.

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-10-2010, 07:24 PM
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MM, you are *so* organised! Our horses are on our own land, but it is two miles from the house, so we have to go every day. I am afraid our routine is organised chaos, and the horses still survive. All they need is space, ad-lib forage and clean water. If they are being fed, well you have to feed every day, but other than that, everything else can be tailored to fit to the time available.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-10-2010, 07:32 PM
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Hahahaha, I'm good at preaching but lousy at practicing! I'd probably die if the horses were on my property - right now I have a 3 year old filly who's underweight and because no stall is available, I have to drive out every single day to feed her. It takes her roughly 45 minutes to eat, so I haven't ridden during the week in about 3 weeks now! I have to be home by 8 to take my pills, or else I'm a zombie at my job and me making a mistake could cost someone a couple hundred thousand dollars so I like to be as alert as possible!

It's only made a touch easier for me because I work a "compressed" schedule where I work 9 hour days which means I only work four days a week for three weeks and then four and a half days the last week. So I still get to ride her three days a week, on weekends, plus I save all my vacation for taking short days in summer to ride.

If I had a husband to feed and kids, I'd be screwed.

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post #7 of 14 Old 10-10-2010, 07:46 PM
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For many family people, often keeping the horses at home can help with time management, but then you're also stuck doing ALL the chores, so you have to weigh the pros and cons.
Our mares are at home and I can luckily work full time from home, too. I don't think I would have any time left if I had to drive to work and drive to a barn.... and I would much rather spend time doing the chores than driving anyway.

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-10-2010, 07:46 PM
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If I had a husband to feed and kids, I'd be screwed.
After I stopped laughing, I was going to say, "No you wouldn't" but then I realised you might be, I am! No social life, no time for anything else really. But do I care? No, not really.
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-11-2010, 12:41 AM
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oh man. I'm only 16 and I can barely find time for it. I have school from 8-4:30{including bus rides} every weekday so that cuts in to the time. then i have usually about an hour of homework every night. me, my bro and my mom switch of dinner duty and i wash dishes every other night. usually I don't get around to riding the horses I have at home. luckily my barn has an indoor arena so the one horse i have there i can go out around 8 to ride. on weekends i can ride them all {theres 3}. though i still have a social life. usually friends parties start at 6-7 on sat. I has a busy busy life
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-11-2010, 12:50 AM
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It is really hard. I have 5 foster kids, and often at 10pm on a Weds I cannot assume what is going to happen on the next day. I am always called into the office for something or my casemanager forgot to tell me something is going on. (I have a lousy cm at the moment she will remember something at midnight for the next day and text me).

So I should have the school hours to myself, but this rarely happens. I rely on having a great hubby who works full time but helps me a lot, and a great trainer who understands that I don't have an open week where I can plan, and I can ask the night before if she has 10am open.

So to answer your question, for me, I ride when I can fit it in, and I am flexible with that whether it is 7am or 10pm.
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