10-10-2012, 01:59 PM
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My boss has anywhere from 3-5 personal horses at any given time, plus her boarders, and her training projects. And her stallion. Currently there are 16 horses on her property, soon to be 17. It's my job to feed them all and put their rugs on in the evening. That takes me 2 hours, but I'm slow with the pickup because it's a manual and I'm used to an automatic. It would take less time if I was more confident with the vehicle.
I have two horses, and that's enough for me at the moment. If my riding horse wasn't getting on a bit, I'd only have the one... but I don't want to be horse hunting in a few years when he retires, so I have him, and a youngster I'm bringing on.
If MY horses were the only ones I had to worry about, I think I would like to have 4 or 5, so that I can jump basically every day that I ride (I only ride 4-5 times a week at most and of those days I only jump once, at most). In the perfect world where I made my living out of riding and training, I would have my own 4 or 5, and then client horses, and I would be in the saddle most of every day. Would probably pay someone to feed and rug for me, and make sure my barn was tidy... and probably hire a cleaner so that my house wasn't too awful. I'd have a lovely small barn with perhaps 30 stalls, a big hot walker, and plenty of turnout... a huge indoor big enough to have a dressage arena AND a jumping arena set up side-by-side, and separate outdoors for dressage and for jumping, then I'd have my own top-quality cross country course and all that.
And charge a fortune for boarding because NOBODY in my state has that kind of facilities... it costs too much to set up. So it would be very exclusive and the top, poshest barn in the whole state... and I would employ the best coaches, because I'm not really into teaching people. I would train their horses, and then my coaches would train them how to RIDE their horses. And make sure that my skills stay right up there too, because obviously when I'm rich enough to have all of that I'll be the top rider in Australia, and I can't let my own skills slump, I have to always be a better rider than anybody else :P
....what can I say, I have big dreams!