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post #1 of 5 Old 11-16-2012, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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How do you manage your time with a horse?

Ok, so I am trying to decide whether or not I have the time to devote to owning a horse. I know how much work it can be and I am 100% willing and capable of doing that work. (finances and expirence are not an issue). However, I am in school and have several hours of HW every night plus dance class, youth group, cheerleading, cross-country, volunteering and work so I am not sure I will be able to keep everything up.
If you have a horse how you manage your time? Please help me decide whether getting a horse would be a good idea or not.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-16-2012, 09:49 PM
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If you will keep your horse on your own property, at a bare minimum you need 10 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night for feed and cleaning. If you want to keep your horse trained and build a relationship, then add an hour at least 4 days a week for riding, grooming, and bonding time.

If you are boarding, then an hour four times a week at minimum for training and bonding ...

But either way you will find time gets away from you at the barn, I spend hours in my barn. It's my favorite place to be, actually. Here's my barn, I just hang out and watch them and play with them...
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-16-2012, 09:51 PM
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Would they be in a pasture or corral?

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-16-2012, 10:40 PM
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I usually ride Indie five to six times a week.. and weekends are my time for tack cleaning as well, unless I have less time.

Now that Indie is recovering from a small injury, I haven't ridden her since last Friday but I've been up every night to re-wrap and ice her leg.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-16-2012, 11:17 PM
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Daughter practices baton at 0700. Then school. Then homework. Then it's horses till dark. She helps catch all of them. Brushes and tacks her two. Fills water and rides. Almost everyday. Id bet she doesn't go ten days a year without handling a horse. Walked her new guy for three hours in the dark and 35degress cause he acted colicky. She dont go to friends houses much but sees em at shows instead :) its a lifestyle if you intend to do it competivly. But u could have a pasture pet. Find an old retired pony and just love it.
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