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post #1 of 20 Old 10-27-2017, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question Anyone lease a horse and also work full time?

I work full time, but am a 30 min drive from the stables I ride at (and who also board horses as well as have school ones) so in theory I could ride from around 4 pm through the week and then on Saturdays. Does anyone else lease and work full time and if so how do you make it work?
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I work full time and am a married single mom (my husband travels frequently) so I have sports duty as well. I own my horses and they are at my house but to answer your question - you can totally get your moneys worth working full time and leasing a horse depending on the fee.

If you are paying a fee that is equivalent to board and you ride 3-5 time a week then I thin you are getting your moneys worth.

I actually will go a week and sometimes 2 without riding. Although I am in the barn morning and night doing my chores and caring for my horses, I don't always get to ride because baseball takes up all of our time....
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-28-2017, 01:28 AM
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I don't lease, but own. I think it's the same challenge in this respect. I am in school full time and previously i worked full time. My commutes are always 40min-1h. Barn is 20 min away.

I don't have many obligations otherwise, so i get to the barn around 6-7, 4-5 days a week. Some days i don't ride very long if i have work at home. A couple times this week I've ridden by yard light because it's been too nice out to ride indoors.
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post #4 of 20 Old 10-28-2017, 02:48 AM
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I also don't lease, but I own mine. I am a full-time student and have a part-time job as well. I feel like it would be the same challenge of finding time for the horse if I leased rather than owned. Were I leasing, it'd still be costing me about the same money and time commitment, I think. As the boarding facility I am at is self-care, I'm still out every day at least to feed, if not ride. I do at least try to lunge mine a couple times a week if I have too much school work to take the time to get him out for a drive or ride. I find I have to make time for my horse even when I don't think I have it. Though sometimes I just get too busy that I can't get him out for the better part of a week or maybe two on occasion. When I do get the horse out, it pretty typically is late in the day after work. I have to manage my time well to have room for everything. Unfortunately, I don't think that's really all that great of an answer for you, but I do think it's manageable to lease or own and work full-time.
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-28-2017, 07:34 AM
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My stable is 45 mins away, which is what I have to accept for trail access. My situation is special in that (a) I'm in education, so I have breaks, and (b) my lessor is also my instructor, and I have permission to ride any of her other horses (except the two that I don't want to ride), so on the weekends I can get my fill of riding. Quite often she actually asks me to come out on the trails again to help her supervise a herd of "experienced" tourists. What I pay for my lease more than offsets paying her hourly rate, and I get first access to "my horse"; i.e. nobody else gets to ride her unless I green-light it.
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post #6 of 20 Old 10-28-2017, 08:08 AM
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My horses currently are on my property but last time I boarded....

I worked full-time plus O/T, was a part-time student and had "house chores" needing done of mowing the grass, garbage, fixing things and clean-up after the dogs {daily must-do chore}....
The barn was about 20 minutes away....
So, often I would go directly to the barn from work, change my clothes their and do "my thing"...then go home afterward.
It was not uncommon to see my doing schoolwork sitting on the ground when just spending time with my horse...
I often also rode later in the evening {barn was open till 11:00}, closed, locked up being the last one out.
If you want it bad enough you find a way to make it work...
I didn't go to the bars or out to restaurants with the crowd, didn't bowl or do anything like that. Saved me $$ and gave me "time" I so wanted for myself and my horse.
Years later, I still don't watch TV...couldn't tell you what is a current show or who the "actors" are on screen.
Very rarely go to the movies either...
Do go out to dinner {pizza} one night with the family...then and now.

I made choices so I could have my horse time...
I still make choices today so I can have horse-time.
Being "home" in the backyard is not any easier as all the chores are ours {mostly mine} to do....
My barn is not "just-so" anymore, but neat and clean.
Guarantee my paddocks are not spotless or picked up daily, but horses are pretty neat about using only a couple places for pooping...once a week on weekend is scooping day. Many times I am out scooping by my tractor headlights, but it gets done.
When we ride we load them all up and go ride as a family on the trails...any extra riding I do at home is +++ time for me.
I spend more time with my horses, will hop on and just go for a spin quickly instead as daily life intrudes often, but I still have made choices to be with my horses, enjoying just being with them, watching them, just inhaling their scent makes my day.

Working full-time, a full-time student, a full-time or part-time or anytime anything...
It all boils down to choices...priorities.
If you want horses in your life then you need to move other things over and rearrange that life to accommodate those horses...
You are the only person who can decide what you are willing to give up, move-around or do-without to fit one more activity in that you want.
Try the lease for a month...if it works, continue.
If it doesn't, stop leasing.
To get that horse fix just take weekly lessons 1 - 2x a week...about 3 hours of your time needed or go find a hack barn and go trail ride 1x a week for a hour or so...
Choices...its all about choices.
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Originally Posted by Trinket12 View Post
I work full time, but am a 30 min drive from the stables I ride at (and who also board horses as well as have school ones) so in theory I could ride from around 4 pm through the week and then on Saturdays. Does anyone else lease and work full time and if so how do you make it work?
Sort of like marriage; Commitment, hard work, and lots of sacrifices. You have to give up other things to be able to have enough time (and money) to have horses in your life.
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Thanks for all the input! I might talk to my coach and see if she knows of anyone at the stables who might be looking to lease, I definitely want to be able to have lessons as well. Not ready to take the L plates of just yet :-D
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Originally Posted by Trinket12 View Post
I work full time, but am a 30 min drive from the stables I ride at (and who also board horses as well as have school ones) so in theory I could ride from around 4 pm through the week and then on Saturdays. Does anyone else lease and work full time and if so how do you make it work?
I am a married wife, work full time and own 2 horses whom I ride 5-6 days a week. I think the key with this, is to make a structure schedule to organize your day/week. My husband works in law enforcement so his schedule is all over the place and I try to make time to spend good quality time with him outside of the horses etc. I have the luxury of work just 5 mins from home and the horses so that cuts on travel time, but its definitely duable.
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post #10 of 20 Old 11-03-2017, 07:04 PM
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I have two horses in my backyard. I also work full-time, have two teenagers who have very busy schedules (but can't drive yet), and a couple of dogs. Between work, laundry, meals, and driving my kids around, there's little time left, trust me. Oh sure, I spend time at the barn. About 1-2 hours every day. I feed my horses four times a day. Muck out stalls, and the paddock. Groom, refill haynets, refill water buckets, fix whatever needs fixing. I do a little training when I have time, and heck, once in a while, I even get to ride!

My point? You think you have no time now, but it's not going to get any easier. I chose to have my horses at home because then I'd have to spend time with them every day. If I boarded, I would have a hard time squeezing in a visit whereas this way, I have no choice. But that also means that when I have barn time, it's chore time before riding time. And I'm totally ok with that. My barn time is my me time. And I'll tell you a secret. Sometimes, late at night, when I do the last feeding, I putter around and find a few more little things to do so I don't have to go back in the chaotic house just yet...

I think you should pursue what you love and just find the time. My life is only getting busier, but having my horses near me was more important than hanging out with friends, going to the movies, restaurant, etc. Heck, not like I can afford any of those things anyway... I have horses!!! So don't worry about it. Just do it!
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