Riding, another sport, AND homework?? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 12-29-2012, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Riding, another sport, AND homework??

Does anyone else love TWO sports, one being horseback riding? I do ballet and have to do it 3 days a week ("have to" in MY terms because its very technical and im on pointe and you're not supposed to do pointe if you don't do dance for 3+days a week..) so with homework AND another sport 3 days a week, how do you guys fit riding in? I'm thinking maybe I'll ride on my off days of ballet (Tuesday and Thursday) and maybe once or twice on the weekend? Is 3 times enough to keep a horse in shape?? Our horses have free choice to come and go all the time so he wouldn't be stuck in a stall at all. Thanks :) Oh and btw I'd probably ride for maybe 45 mins-1 hour each time I rode...
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I'm a freshman in high school and am in very good/harder classes so I know what you're talking about when you complain about the homework! Luckily, I only have a lesson once a week since I don't own a horse, I wish I did. I'm also doing rowing (In our area it's referred to as Crew) for the HS team in the spring, and that is 6/7 days of the week I believe. I plan on having my lesson on the off day or during the night after practice since the barn is open until 9 PM.

Your idea sounds pretty good. It depends on what you want to do or if you're going to compete on your horse, but that should keep it relatively fit. Just remember, homework is always more important then hobbies, because in the end it helps with life, even though its stupid and boring :p

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-29-2012, 09:25 PM
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i dont play any other sports, but on days that i ride i cant do my homework, so i do all my school work during studyhall or lunch
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Well the thing is i wouldnt board my horse so theres no driving time..i think itd take like 2 hrs of my day grooming, tacking up, riding, tacking down.
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My long time friend used to do soccer, ballet, and horse-back riding! She had ballet 3 times a week and soccer 3 times a week, starting from the time she got out of school to about 7 in the evening. Her only open day was Sunday- at least during soccer season.

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Well im in college, I have two jobs, go to school 5 days a week and somehow find time to ride 4-5 days a week.....I don't know how lol
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-29-2012, 11:44 PM
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I totally understand how you feel. Honestly, both are important to you. It kind of depends. I'm in a similar situation, although I don't have 2 sports, I do run on my own time (well okay that is a second sport but it's on my own time so it's not planned), and then caring for my horse, in addition to the whole other array of activities I do as well as homework. Yes, it is a lot! First, you need to eliminate any things that waste time. If you social network or spend a lot of time watching tv, you should still relax, but try to cut down because time is valuable! Try to get your homework done ASAP. If you are being picked up from school late, do homework. EVen 5 or 10 minutes helps! Use all of your time. If after 2 weeks of trying to balance it all you feel like you want to tear your hair out, then it might not be working for you and you might have to cut something out of your schedule. I personally would suggest 4 days a week, but that's just my personal preference.. a trainer or vet could give you a better idea of training your horse and what the minimum physical activity should be. I understand schedule conflicts.. trust me!! God bless :) try your best!
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I kickbox/workout 5 to 7 days a week, work full-time, manage a household, horses & babysit a grandchild on my days off, take riding lessons & show on a local circuit through the season. It gives your life a purpose when your time is filled, no room for unproductive things to enter.
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I used to do track and of course I had my horse.

I had little time for the horse, and of course I ditched track. In addition, I always had homework every night. I had to balance it all out.

I think 3 days to keep a horse in shape is fine. As long as you do different things every day, etc.

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