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        03-20-2013, 05:36 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    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!!
         
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        03-20-2013, 06:30 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    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....
         
        03-20-2013, 07:17 AM
      #23
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by cebee    
    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!
         
        03-20-2013, 06:13 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    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!
         

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