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post #11 of 14 Old 10-11-2010, 08:27 AM
Green Broke
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I think that if you have a passion for horses, you find the time. I do not have the responsibilities you guys do. I have a going on 12yr old who would rather be in his room than go out with me to see the horses. So I go out by myself. Or, when he is in school, I am out with them. I work but am pretty much part time. I get up around 5am and start house work. That way, later on, I know I've at least accomplished something at home. I dont do housework everyday, cuz honestly, it will only be that way the next day. As long as I have a good part of it done I'm good. I think that if you really wanted to, you'd find the time. Its like your child having an extracurricular activity and having to make time for that. Ya know? My son will be starting basketball very soon. My favorite sport to watch. But I will make time for my girls no matter what.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-11-2010, 09:40 AM
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Location: Western US
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Horses are my main recreational activity.

My typical weekday goes
5:30-5:45 browse through email while fully waking up
5:45-6:15 dress, get ready, make a sandwich for lunch
6:15-6:30 drive to work
2:30-2:45 change clothes, leave work
2:45-3:30 drive to barn
3:30-5:30 ride, groom, etc
5:30-6:15 drive home
6:15-10:00 whatever else

That's nearly 4 hours left over for cooking, emails, cleaning, web browsing, etc. I'm even working on my master's degree in that time, as well as practicing the piano. Sometimes I lose an hour of that due to working an extra hour, but it still leaves me with 3 hours. I can also shorten my time at the barn if necessary.

If I had to work a standard 8-5 job without flex hours, then I'd do most of the cleaning, emails, etc in the morning before leaving for the office, or else I'd stay up later and get up later in the morning.

Weekend schedule is generally something like
6:00-8:00 stuff around the house - cleaning, emails, etc
8:00-8:30 drive to the barn (yeah, it's about 15 minutes faster on weekends)
8:30-12:00 ride, groom, etc
12:00-1:00 drive home and stop at grocery store to get what I need for the week
1:00-10:00 whatever else needs to be done

So that's 11 hours to do whatever else I need each weekend-day, although if it was a particularly hard ride or hot day I might lose 2-3 of those hours to a nap.

It helps that I board, so I don't have to do all the barn chores myself - although if I only had ~2 horses and my own property, I probably could just convert the driving time into chore time and be about the same.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-11-2010, 05:58 PM
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Here's my schedule, more or less:

I work 40 hours a week, and ride at least 5 days

M-F (usually ride 3 days at least)
8-5 work
5-530 Leave work, drive home, change clothes, pick up dog, drive to barn
530-730/8 - ride horse, clean stall
8-10 - collapse in heap

Weekends I am not showing or clinicing:
Saturday - Barn in morning - usually there from about 9/10 - 2/3
Sunday Barn in evening - In addition to riding and normal stall cleaning, I alsodo my shift feeding the horses, which helps offset my board - usually there from about 3-7, but sometimes, like yesterday, I was there from about 11-5.

My weekend times also vary if I am riding additional horses or helping with extra barn work.

No kids. No commitments. Just me and the horses. :)

I like the slow cooker idea. I might have to steal it.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-11-2010, 10:25 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Riverina, NSW, Australia
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I work with my horse and other's in my current job, so my job allows me to spend 40+ hours a week with them.

I can't change! I'm like a Chameleon...always a lizard!
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