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    08-29-2012, 08:00 PM
Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
People ask me that all the time. I work full time, I'm in college (2 online courses), dance with my troupe, go to the gym and am starting to teach Zumba. I still have plenty of time to ride my horse, do my homework and still have leftover time to sit and do nothing at times.
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And when do you eat, sleep, do grocery shopping, post on the forum, keep in touch with family, do laundry, clean house...?

Wow... I feel like such an underachiever
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    08-30-2012, 03:07 AM
I normally go for a couple trail rides on the weekend. During the week I ride 2-3 times either in the arena or just hacking up and down the grassy bits along side the driveway. If I'm busy though I might just work her in the round pen for a bit and then hop on bareback for a few minutes one of those days.
Nice to know I'm not the only one who gets busy with work and things. I work ten hour days/ five days a week right now, it seems like there's not enough hours left over in the day for riding and everything else!
    08-30-2012, 03:50 PM
I have an older quarter pony mare who I ride more days than I can keep track of in the summer! I have found that with my stiff older horse she is most happy when she gets exercised often. I do lots of walking and trotting along with slow cantering. About once or twice a week I add in some galloping and cross country jumping! We do a little bit of light dressage work each day as well.
    09-01-2012, 09:32 PM
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
And when do you eat, sleep, do grocery shopping, post on the forum, keep in touch with family, do laundry, clean house...?

Wow... I feel like such an underachiever
Well, I cheat a little of course!

Dishes: I load the dishwasher as dishes get dirty and run the dishwasher before going to bed. I unload in the morning before work.

Laundry: I can schedule my machine to run as far as 11 hours out. I usually load it at night and set it to run a couple of hours before I get up. By the time I get up, I just move the load from the washing machine to the dryer. Neither one of us wears clothes that needs ironing. If I have more than one load of laundry, I load it again and set it to run about 2 hours before I will be home that day.

Clean house: I constantly pick things up as I move from one place to another whenever possible, and instead of dong major 4 hour cleanings, I will focus on one small area at a time. The house is never immaculate (well we have 2 dogs and 3 cats living with us so it wouldn't ever really be), but I keep it as close to "guest ready" as possible at all times. It's easier to maintain that way.

Grocery shopping: Once a week or once every two weeks, usually on a weekend day in the late evening (not crowded that way). I keep a running list of things I need as we run low or out and I try to meal plan. One of the supermarkets I go to is conveniently down the road from where I work (I actually have to pass it to get to work and go back home) and the other one is right by the entrance to the highway (which I have to get on to go almost anywhere). We live in old fashioned housing (built in the 40's) so I can't do a month's worth of groceries at once. I do have a giant chest freezer in the basement though for when frozen meats and things go on super sale.

Cooking: I keep lots of quick things on hand - sandwich/wrap items, frozen pizza, noodles, etc. My husband can often come home for lunch and when he does I always make sure that he has something that he can eat fast. On the weekends I usually make at least 1 super giant item. It might be an extra large batch of stew in a crockpot, or an extra large stock pot's worth of soup, or a giant baked spaghetti. These become default "fall to" meals during the week. Leftovers are stuck in baggies and they freeze and reheat super well. I also try to use one of the other items to pre-pare ingredients. For example, if I'm making a big soup that week, I'll make shredded chicken in the crockpot which I can then turn into wraps, soup, sandwiches, add to noodles or whatever else during the week. Works well with shredded pork as well. I try to reuse ingredients as much as possible so I might make spaghetti with meat sauce one day but I'll brown extra ground beef and portion some off to turn into chili another day. At least one meal a day is always cooked that day, I strive for 2.

Posting on the forum: I have maybe 3 hours of actual work to do in a given workday but I have to look busy for all 8. I can crank out a lot of my online aspects of homework that way and post on the forums. I can do a decent amount of posting from home too but I admittedly don't stay on top of piles of threads.

Family: Talking on the phone is an excellent time to do other things like sweep, chop up ingredients for cooking, clean the bathroom, etc. Gotta love that bluetooth. I can't just sit on the couch and talk on the phone - I feel better moving around and doing stuff. I'm a very visually oriented person so in doing other things I'm not just staring at a wall while on the phone.

Sleep: Um I sleep 6-8 hours a day. Usually around 6-7. Always have.

Feel free to ask about anything I might have missed :)
    09-01-2012, 09:54 PM
I ride 4x/week, regularly. Occasionally it is 3x if something happens, for example this week my horse lost a shoe and couldn't ride due to that happening, so I got 3 days in.

I don't compete, but I'd like to in the future. I have a young green horse. I do either walk/trot or W-T-C rides in an arena, with a big goa of working on bending/getting on the bit (you may consider this dressage?).
    09-02-2012, 12:30 PM
Originally Posted by Canteringleap    
I'm curious to see how often everyones horse(s) gets ridden or exercised, also what you do with them (eventing,dressage, sh, sj or just general fun :) )

Thanks guys :)
I wish I could ride every day but I tend to average about 3-4 days a week. Thankfully, the Labor Day holiday should provide an extra opportunity this week (weather permitting) and I'm really looking forward to that...
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