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savvylover112 09-29-2009 01:33 PM

How do I manage?
I feel so drained everyday, I don't know how to juggle everything because I have school I don't get home from school till half four in the day. Then I have to work Phoebe nearly everyday to keep up with our hectic show schedule, have to take care of Patch now that he is half blind and needs loads of cream and medicine and stuff AND on top of all that I get a load of homework every night I just don't know how to keep all this up.Oh and when he is ok to be ridden again I need to get the weight off patch so that is some more work for me.

At the weekends I have at least one show a weekend from now on. and like I can't just leave Phoebe all week and expect her to be ok for jumping a course of jumps it's just not fair on her.

So how would I manage??
Anyone have like a time plan or something I could stick to?
Even a training plan for Phoebe and Patch when he is back in work?

Shauna xXxXx

savvylover112 09-29-2009 03:53 PM


JustDressageIt 09-29-2009 04:02 PM

Sounds like something's gotta give before you do...

savvylover112 09-29-2009 04:06 PM

Sounds like it but I just feel like I need to get organized more.

Oh and on top of all that I am in an exam year and I have a foal due next march a month after my first set of exams and 3 months before my second set of exams

Vidaloco 09-29-2009 04:16 PM

Its like anything in life that you have a passion for. You make time. Either getting up earlier in the morning to get homework done, or staying up later. It means giving up something meaningless like TV watching or computer time.
This is something you will have to deal with your whole life so setting priorities now will be good practice. It all about trading something you would just like to do with something that has to be done.
Your not alone, most people deal with this including your schoolmates who are into any sport or extra-curricular activity.
Just remember, if it is turning something you enjoy into something you hate, its time to rethink things. Maybe even to the extreme of quiting showing.

savvylover112 09-29-2009 04:22 PM

I have been trying to make time for everything today was okay because I didn't get any homework and so got time for everything but I don't know what I am going to do when winter really sets in and I have two horses to work.

I really enjoying my showjumping and so far it is not turning from something I love into something I hate so hopefully it will stay that way.

Oh and another thing my school is starting a showjumping team and wants me to join.

Gillian 09-29-2009 08:16 PM

I definitely feel you, and because of school riding is on the back burner for me. I'm only riding maybe three days a week at most right now because it's all I can manage. I still go out every day to do Zeus' water, feed, and stall but just don't have time to ride. You what what helps me? Lists. I get home and I make a list. Even the most simple things go on the list. Today's was...

  • lunch
  • barn
  • fruit snack
  • flvs (florida virtual school)
  • homework
  • dinner
I also have shorter more general list for tomorrow.
I honestly can't sleep anymore until I have made a list.

Gidji 09-29-2009 08:29 PM

I feel your pain. Not only am I looking after my baby, I'm helping a friend out with her 2 horses. I'm only in year 8, so I don't have any major exams. Sometimes, I just can't complete assessments or homework because I don't have the time. Try talking to your teacher. Explain your situation and maybe they might give you an extension or let you do that work in class. I talked to a few of my teachers and they were pretty understanding.

justsambam08 09-29-2009 08:44 PM

Alright, well the first question is can you multi-task? Especially when I was doing FLVS (I had two AP classes my senior year) I was basically eating all of my meals in front of the computer. But in all honesty, do you HAVE to show Phoebe every weekend? Obviously its taking a toll on you, and your stress is going to translate in to her performance and her attitude. Not to mention the money you spend between the entry fees and the gas getting there, and if you trailer your own horse thats even MORE gas.....

I don't know what level jumper you are, but unless you have just moved up to a new height, there shouldn't be a reason she needs to do the same jump courses at your barn five days a week and then do some more jump courses on the weekend....horses need stimulation too. Thats not to say that she doesn't need to be worked to keep her condition up, but you could most likely take her through her paces, maybe over some cross rails and then call it a day. I know at my barn, which is big on youth shows, Mondays are a day of rest for the horses and no one is allowed in the ring. Perhaps you should come up with your own day of rest? That way you can work with Patch, get him slowly re-conditioned while having some breathing room to get your homework done (since I know on FLVS its due by week not by day). Also, is there someone at your barn who'd be willing to ride Phoebe/work with Patch one day a week? What about your trainer?

But especially right now, your school should really be the priority. Horses are a passion, but unless you're getting offers from the Olympic team, they aren't going to pay the bills if you want to continue with them in life. I know it sucks to hear, but the 'FLVS' needs to be where 'barn' is on your list (Besides, in Florida weather, its much easier to work later on in the day/ early evening when its not sweltering).

The lists though are a good thing. At least you're not running around like a headless chicken frantic to get everything done, and everything is laid out for you to see. Sorry if it seems like I'm kind of ragging on you, I don't mean to! I just know what its like to have a lot on your just cut back the stuff you can afford to cut back on until you're at a place where you can add more on.

savvylover112 09-30-2009 11:57 AM

Thank you everyone for your help also to this comment below

Also, is there someone at your barn who'd be willing to ride Phoebe/work with Patch one day a week? What about your trainer?

We have our own yard there are no liviries and so no other people and I do not have a trainer at this moment in time

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