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    01-09-2013, 08:53 PM
Green Broke
Every day, but my mares are here at home! I think you're doing fabulous in the care/time you spend with your horse with such a schedule! Keep up the good work - it's doubtless anything will change with her affection toward you if you can't be there everyday - horses never forget :)
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    01-09-2013, 10:04 PM
I do but I am also the prime caregiver of him. I am in high school (freshman) and don't have a ton of work yet... so I have the time to play:) I don't think it would matter. I do it because I can't stand to be gone from him for more than a day because of him needing to be fed and stuff.
    01-09-2013, 10:31 PM
Depends on the time of year for me. We don't have an indoor ring, so once the snow starts to cover the ground (and make ice) my horse is on vacation until the spring. He really needs a job and he gets more than a little snirpy when he's laid off. Handling him more doesn't improve this (I tried) because I'm pretty much limited to grooming. He doesn't mind being groomed, but it's not exactly a high point in his day, either. I see him maybe 3 times per week, bring him in, scrub his blanket with a brush, dust him off, pick his feet, inspect him, give him a treat, and send him back out. He's on turnout for daylight hours, and lives in the barn otherwise.

When it's riding season, all that changes, and I see him at least 5 days a week, and groom and work him every time.
    01-10-2013, 03:21 AM
My four horses and one boarded here are at our place, so I see them every day, a few times a day depending on the weather right now being winter. I groom the horses each daily, not as much in the winter but spring/summer/fall they sometimes get brushed a couple times a day.....
    01-10-2013, 09:00 AM
Normally I see my horse 6 days a week and we always do some activity together - even if its just hand walking. Sometimes I don't feel like rushing to tack up before dark hits so we will go on the trails together but he'll be in hand. I introduce him to whatever construction equipment we come across (the BO is building a new airplane hanger on the other side of their property), we go over the lots at a walk (under saddle he prefers to jump things rather than simply lift his feet), we do groundwork, I free lunge, etc. I try to always at least run my hands all over him to make sure he's not ouchy anywhere too.
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    01-10-2013, 09:26 AM
Green Broke
Everyday and on weekends twice a day. I live 5 minutes from the barn but my horse is stall boarded and I have to clean her stall and make up her feed. She gets a special diet fed morning and night so I have to be the one to prepare it. I try to ride at least 4 times a week but we don't have an indoor so the weather and/or the light will limit my riding.

I've really been thinking about leasing her out twice a week for riding since I work 40 hours a week but have an hour commute each way then I go to school full time as well and then still have my second job working out at the barn. I might do a full groom once a week. I pick her hooves everyday and check her over but beyond that I don't do much. She is kept blanketed so it's not like she gets dirty.
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    01-10-2013, 09:30 AM
Green Broke
We home-keep, so I see our girls several times a day. Sometimes it's a quick trip out to feed, or just to "visit" at the fence, and other's its a longer full-grooming session, etc.
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    01-10-2013, 11:43 AM
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It may sound weird, but with my four year old mare and I, grooming and bonding are two totally seperate things.
My mare is not 'normal.' She has extremely sensative skin (to the point where I have to use padded leather) and her personality calls for very little touching 'just to touch' because it actually annoys her. She's learned to put up with it, but she's really just not a touchy feely animal and quickly begins making icky faces at me when I'm brushing her. She doesn't care if I mess with her mane, but I'd better not take more than 20 minutes because she is 'soooo done, mom' by then. She'll tolerate a little bit of brushing with a soft dandy brush and a rag for her face, but more than that and her skin starts twitching, her face starts contorting, and she over all just doesnt look like she's enjoying herself. So for that reason, I only brush her before working her, going somewhere, or if for some reason I'm not working her that week, once a week just to get the grime out of her coat. And believe me, she's fabulous at getting dirty. She always rolls in the burriest, muddiest, smelliest spots she can fine.
Bonding though? I do that at least a few times a week. But her idea of bonding is different from others. For some bonding might be just taking her to hand graze, hanging out with her, etc. For us it always has to have some element of 'go-go-go.' She's not the type of animal that likes to do nothing, nor am I. She needs a purpose in what we're doing or she tries to act up. So for us, a leisurely drive around the farm, a hand walk through the trail, or learning a new 'game' on the obstacle course is our bonding time. She'll do anything I ask whever I ask if I make sure to cut out all of the 'fluffy stuff' but immediately turns into a grumpy old witch if I try to do a little too much petting, grooming, or loving xD
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