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post #1 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Whats your weekly horse-schedule like?

I'm very curious about what peoples' weekly horse-schedules are like. I'm a long way from owning a horse just yet, but of course I always wonder what it's like, especially knowing that it differs horse-to-horse and person-to-person. Aside from money and training, one of my big worries has always been whether or not I have the time for full ownership of a horse. Like I said, I'm a long way from owning a horse yet, but 'research' and asking questions is part of the journey to get there

In essence; if you own a horse, and even if you lease, what's your weekly schedule like? Do you go in every morning and muck and feed, or does someone else do that for you? How often do you ride, for how long? Do you fit lessons and training in there too? How do you work around your work / family / general life schedules?

When I was half-leasing mine looked something like this. I was very lucky that my job at the time was willing to work around the 'horse-schedule,' switching my hours to mornings so I could spend afternoons with the OTTB, and I leased in the summers when I didn't have to worry about school.
  • Monday: 3pm, grooming and hanging out. 4-5pm riding lesson, then however-long of walking around, cooling off, and more hanging out.
  • Tuesday: No horse time.
  • Wednesday: 3pm grooming and hanging out, then doing whatever until 6, usually working on what we did in our lessons and general exercises.
  • Thursday: No horse time.
  • Friday: Came in at 3, groomed, same as Wednesday, though often went out on trails with a few barn-friends on Fridays.
  • Saturday: No horse time.
  • Sunday: No horse time.
So what about ye?
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post #2 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 03:12 PM
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Everyday- 20 minutes of feeding and checking on horses in the morning and 30 minutes at night feeding, watering, checking on them.

5 days a week brush then ride for 1-2 hours.
Every other weekend we go on a day of trail riding/go to team pennings and sortings.

3 times a summer bailing hay (takes 4 nights for a week, 3 times a year.)
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post #3 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 04:39 PM
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I board at a full care facility and they are great! If you work during the day, finding a good full care boarding facility is almost always a "must".
They feed 4 times a day, do turn in/turn out and muck the stalls. If it is really nice out you can text them to leave your horse out and then come get them in later in the evening too which is a nice option in the summer.

I like to get out to the barn every day and ride 6 days a week. I will pick his stall in the evening every day and usually take him out to graze and hand walk or undersaddle walk on nights off from riding. The barn is about 20 minutes from my work and house and I usually budget between 3-4 hours door to door for barn time every day. I also work at the barn one day a week doing afternoon chores so that's an extra 3 hours at the barn a week.

Good luck!

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post #4 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 06:21 PM
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A pretty tentative schedule. I try to ride Excel and Molly at least 4 days a week. Lenox and Arty I squeeze in if I have time and the weather cooperates. I groom before and after each ride.

Feed horses at 5:30 a.m., clean stalls
Feed hay and second meal at 3:00 p.m., clean stalls
Ride horses (1-4 depending, usually 2) at 4, end at various times
Feed dinner meal at 6:30 or so, clean stalls
Bed-check at 9

Feed breakfast around 9:30/10
Strip stalls
Try to ride everyone throughout the day
Second meal at 4
Dinner fed at 9:30

Breakfast at 9, clean stalls, etc
Lesson on Excel or Molly at 11
Second meal at 4
Dinner around 8
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post #5 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 06:27 PM
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I work full time plus am a single mother. My horses are outside my door, along with approximately 100 cows. I also board a few horses for extra income. No horses are kept in the barn, they are in paddocks with shelters.
Everyday: feeding checking on horses etc half hour
Ride as many days a week as possible, but in Alberta winters can make that tough. Typically ride one and pony another while checking cows, about hour. May then work one in the arena for fine tuning. Switch out horses throughout week so all get exercised/rode (working 3 right now). In cold weather will ride bareback instead.
Once a week haul to a practice penning, may haul 3 horses so all get worked. This is Thurs nights.
Weekends are one or two day penning and/or sorting shows most weekends year round.
Cows can add extra riding time if rotating pastures, someone needs to come in to be treated etc.
My sons are teenagers and make this possible. When they were younger we owned a feedyard and I pen checked. Was in the saddle up to 8 hours a day and worked my barrel horses in the dark after boys were in bed.
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post #6 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 06:30 PM
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My weeks are pretty busy and I try to get to the barn to ride at least 6 days a week. I work full time and have an hour commute (into and out of DC). I get home, take care of my dogs, head to the barn for 4. Ride from 4:30-5:30 (or 6 depending on the horse's attitude and how well he is working), then clean him up and head home. Now, understand that by clean up I mean cool off, some grass grazing and just bond time :). I leave for work at 4 am each morning so I am not up long once I get home. Depending on what chores are really calling, I willeither take Wednesday off or one day over the weekend. Of course, with show season upon us, weekends can get pretty full.
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post #7 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 09:02 PM
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Weekdays, I work full time 9-5 hours. And seeing as it's getting dark by 6pm now, that doesn't leave me much time.
I head up at 5.45am, while its still dark. Pick out my stable, feed the youngsters in the paddock and then tack up to ride by 6.30am. Back home for 7.45am, then off to work. At night, I drive straight from work to the horses, bring my riding horse up to the stable from his paddock, sort out rugs and feeds, then feed the youngsters again.

Weekends are lovely because I'm not running around like a mad hatter and can take a bit longer with my ride. I usually get up for a lesson on Saturday, and Sunday I try to keep as either a trail ride day, or just light work.

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post #8 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 09:10 PM
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Monday: morning feed. 4pm, let out for 30 mins, bring in ride Flash for 30 mins, cody for 20, and harley for 10, feed again and around 8ish feed again.
repeat for 4 days and sat and sun ride longer and play with them.
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post #9 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 09:13 PM
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Up around 8-ish to feed breakfast and check everyone over.
Start riding between 9 and 9:30.
Ride between 2 and 10 horses, depending on how many I have and how many need worked on that particular day.
Whenever I'm through riding, I'll pick out their runs.
Usually feed evening meal between 6 and 7:30...if I get everything done before then.

Sunday: Lazy day
Feed morning and evening and ride if I feel like going for a relaxing plod around on Dobe.
Sometimes I ride a colt or two if they are really needing to stay in work without a day off.

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post #10 of 22 Old 04-26-2012, 09:19 PM
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Everyday: Feed 2x daily, scoop the poop. Pick hoofs and do general maintenance.

Try to ride as much as I can.
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