Managing a job and a horse - Page 3 - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 24 Old 03-20-2013, 05:36 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Scotland
Posts: 479
• Horses: 2
I have a full-time job, a part-time job (necessary to pay for my horse!) and I ride 5-6 days a week. My horse is technically on DIY grass livery, but my YO is really good in that she does his morning feed (and evening on the odd night I'm working) as well as checking and changing rugs in the morning if necessary. However, even without her help I could manage to get up there in the morning and evening everyday and at least feed and check him, if not ride, she just makes life much easier!!

For me, the jobs mean I can have the horse - so I always fit him in! I'm never home before 8pm, and often am later, and then head out for some cross-training at the gym (to keep me XC fit) after dinner, so I'm a pretty busy girl!!
minstrel is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 24 Old 03-20-2013, 06:30 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: michigan
Posts: 355
• Horses: 1
I admit I don't ride much in the winter... by the time I get off work and get home it is 6pm.. then I have to make dinner... and although the barn we board at has an indoor, walking around a pasture in the dark, looking for a white horse in the snow when it is 20 degrees... rarely happens. ( maybe in they were stalled, but they arent...) So he gets ridden on weekends, and gets to be a horse the rest of the time. BUT... come summer, when it is light till late, and warm, I will ride 3-4 times a week, and even if I don't ride, I am at the barn with him nearly every day... I don't think he misses being ridden in the winter, (although he practically puts his halter on himself when I come to get him...) I feel a bit guilty at times, but realize that he is well cared for. So working full time limits my riding time, but if I didnt, I could not afford the horses... your typical catch-22....
cebee is offline  
post #23 of 24 Old 03-20-2013, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 41
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by cebee View Post
I admit I don't ride much in the winter... by the time I get off work and get home it is 6pm.. then I have to make dinner... and although the barn we board at has an indoor, walking around a pasture in the dark, looking for a white horse in the snow when it is 20 degrees... rarely happens. ( maybe in they were stalled, but they arent...) So he gets ridden on weekends, and gets to be a horse the rest of the time. BUT... come summer, when it is light till late, and warm, I will ride 3-4 times a week, and even if I don't ride, I am at the barn with him nearly every day... I don't think he misses being ridden in the winter, (although he practically puts his halter on himself when I come to get him...) I feel a bit guilty at times, but realize that he is well cared for. So working full time limits my riding time, but if I didnt, I could not afford the horses... your typical catch-22....
You are so right. It is a catch-22. I can't afford a horse either unless I work. I am with you on not doing much riding in the winter. It was always like that with me. I not much of a winter person though. When it stays lighter out in the evenings, I am sure it is much easier to get barn stuff in. When I used to drive a school bus and get home after 5 and have my horse at home, it was really easy to get some riding in in the warmer. I months. My major problem now is find a barn where I live that teaches western riding and doesn't cost a fortune!
Nvr2L8 is offline  
post #24 of 24 Old 03-20-2013, 06:13 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Moxee, WA
Posts: 275
• Horses: 3
I work full time 8-5 M-F and manage to ride 3+ days a week. It's all about time management! I go home on my lunch break to clean stalls. Then, Tues and Thurs after work, I run home and haul my horse out to my trainers to ride for about an hour. I was boarding him out there, which was easier, but I decided to save some money and keep him at my place instead. Then Saturday mornings we haul out there to ride as well. On the other days, I try to at least go out to the barn for a little bit after work to clean, lunge horse, groom, etc..I try and just cook something really quick and easy for dinner those night when I get home late - my crock pot is my new best friend :)

It is definitely manageable. You just have to prioritize, and talk with your husband about how your schedules will differ. Luckily my boyfriend also has a pretty hectic schedule right now, so I don't feel so bad getting home so late!
cowgirlnay is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Managing Money Iseul General Off Topic Discussion 22 12-13-2012 08:26 PM
Managing a ride jillybean19 Endurance Riding 16 12-06-2012 08:52 PM
Managing hoof crack Remy410 Hoof Care 12 08-24-2012 08:43 AM
managing dangerous disrespect mlkarel2010 Natural Horsemanship 17 06-05-2009 03:40 PM
Managing horses on small acreage Miss Katie Barn Maintenance 3 05-05-2009 08:03 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome