Hi everyone. I really enjoy this forum. I don't have a horse right now. I had to find him a new home when we had to move to an area we could not afford board. My husband is in the military and we had planned on staying where we were but..well life changes. So here I am dreaming of owning a horse again one day.
I am working a full-time job now. I work from 9am to 5:30pm and usually leave my house at 8am and don't get home until about 6:15pm. I am looking for other horse owners that work full time and what do they do to get time in with their horses. Do you board so you don't have to do a lot of heavy labor or do you keep your horses at home? I am looking at ways on how you balance your work, home, and horse life. I don't want to give up on my dreams of owning a horse again because of lack of time or high board areas where we have to live.
I am thinking of lease ideas, but I don't have a lot of time to ride and am not too familiar with the benefits of leasing when I could just get a horse of my own. My experience with a lease horse is you really can't do what you want with them or training like a natural horsemanship clinic, etc. unless the owner wants it.
Love to hear some ideas and opinions.
I am in a similar position. I had one horse at the local boarding stables (the only one for 200 miles). I had to sell him because of sadistic people and their kids beating him, stealing his food, and letting him out of his stall at night. The police sere useless. The boarding stable is owned by the city, who only cares about the rent money, and not the welfare of the horses. My only options were to make my horse tough it out for another year or to sell him.to a safer home.
After I sold him, I began to work on getting the issues at the stables fixed (not just the abuse of my horse, but the skinny horses with elf hooves and dangerous shelters). After a six month battle, the stables are now a clean, horsefriendly place to board. Though it was a great victory for the horses, I have made quite a few enemies (mostly the people who are mad that someone is MAKING them take care of their horses)
Even though the stables are now a good place to board, I don't want my future horse there in fear of retaliation. They treated my horse like crap before I pissed anyone off. I don't want to know what to expect when they are actually mad at me.
Anyways, I will be moving 200 miles away in 6-8 months, ans have everything planned out. Hopefully I'll be able to get a job at the tack store I want, which only runs 9-5, and the chances are getting it are good.
I have one of two plans on taking care of the horse. If he is at a boarding stable, I will give him some hay in the morning, hopefully he will be turned out while im at work. After work, I will come see him, ride when I can, then feed him again.
If he is on my own property, I will turn my horse out in the morning with the grass. When I get off of work I will give him his grain (which will also make him easier to catch, because owner being home doesn't mean work, it means yummy grain). Then I will ride/work him, then put him in his stall.
Seems like a pretty good schedule to me :P
With the horse I had to sell, I was working the graveyard shift (11pm -7am), and doing online high school. When I got off work in the morning, Id give him breakfast, clean his stall, and make sure he is set for a few hours. Id go home and sleep, then wake up around 4. I would then either work him or turn him out (no grass available). Id feed him dinner, go home when it got dark, do my schoolwork, then go to work.
That schedule worked out very nicely. My ownly downfall to it was my siblings that didnt respect that I need sleep for a while after they get out of school. Posted via Mobile Device