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post #21 of 26 Old 08-29-2012, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
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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post #22 of 26 Old 08-30-2012, 02:07 AM
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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!
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post #23 of 26 Old 08-30-2012, 02:50 PM
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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.

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post #24 of 26 Old 09-01-2012, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama View Post
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 :)

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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post #25 of 26 Old 09-01-2012, 08:54 PM
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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?).

God bless, englishaqh (:
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post #26 of 26 Old 09-02-2012, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Canteringleap View Post
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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