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post #11 of 20 Old 11-08-2017, 01:35 PM
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I board our 1 (soon to be 2) horses just 5 minutes from home, and 10 minutes from work. I work full time, my husband works full time (different schedules but close enough) so we make sure that one of us gets down to visit him several times per day. For us, boarding is just temporary until we are able to find a home with land more suitable for horses.... But even then, I know my schedule won't become any less hectic.
Our BO is great and has no problem with us coming at 6am or at 10pm. She is just happy to see horses getting attention and owners who care. We are the only owners who are there on a daily basis. Most stop by weekly and their horses seem content, or maybe just used to it. We are going on vacation in 2 weeks and I am panicking over missing out on daily time. Luckily, my friend (who I met at the barn) will go down for me and send me videos of Duke and Loretta and love on them when I am away.
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post #12 of 20 Old 11-08-2017, 02:42 PM
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Yes. I was leasing a horse for over a year and working fulltime. I still work fulltime now of course too, but I am only riding 1-2x a week (not leasing anymore).

But when I was...

I used to ride after work almost every day, then on weekends. As much as I could, since the horse I rode needed a lot of consistency (he was older and I had to keep him fit!).
If I didn't have time to ride after work (or if I was extra tired) I'd at least go & groom/hangout with my lease horse. :)
It can be hard to find time, but you just have to adjust your schedule a bit to make it work.

It saved me $$$ because I could ride a ton, yet I didn't have the responsibility of vet/dental/farrier bills etc.
I DID help feed during the week though as much as I could, but other than that it was a pretty good deal.

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post #13 of 20 Old 11-08-2017, 02:50 PM
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I lease because I work full time. My half lease covers my share of her board, vet & farrier care, lesson use, lessons, and three practice rides a week on my mare. For me it's a huge connivence to lease. I don't have time to worry about the details with owning, so leasing fits for my lifestyle. I share my mare with another rider, and she's a college student in the same boat- very busy lives, but want as much horsey time as possible. And as a bonus, when she goes home for breaks, I get full use!
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post #14 of 20 Old 11-08-2017, 03:04 PM
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My mama works full time and owns a horse. We board our mares together about 20 to 30 minutes from home.

When she starts work at 6am, she usually finishes at around 3:30pm and we go out in the evening. When she starts at 8 or 9am, we go out early in the morning, at 5:30am. I am not an organised human, so I faff around a lot, and I'm in charge of hay and grooming (because mum has to go from the horses to work) for two horses plus exercise & grain for my girl. It still usually leaves me with plenty of time to ride - when I'm not broken - and if I'm super organised I sometimes even have time to ride both the horses.

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post #15 of 20 Old 11-08-2017, 03:48 PM
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I have had at least two of mine to ride, sometimes three, every day throughout college all the way to now while working. If you want to make it happen you will find a way. I am lucky now that my barn is only about 15 minutes away from my house so it's easy to ride super early or super late. In college I boarded almost an hour away and that added a lot of lost time every day. My job now allows me to work three 12-hour days instead of the usual five days a week which makes a huge difference and allows me to more easily keep up a strenuous competition schedule. I have at times leased out one or two of my three to make the riding burden a little less on myself, currently my mare is being half-leased during the week so I really only need to ride her on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when i have ample time.

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post #16 of 20 Old 11-08-2017, 03:55 PM
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I work full time and own a horse, plus have about 7 hours of training (Tai Chi/Kung Fu), Singing lessons (2 more hours), Driving lessons and university.

My barn opens from 8am till 6pm. I work from home, and have sort of flexible hours (need to be there 8 hours in a row, but I can start an hour earlier or later if I need to). Last year I worked in an office and there was a lot of racing involved (got off work at 5, taxi to the barn to get there by 5.15 and get 45 minutes of riding in, oh the money i spent on cabs!).

He's on full board which cuts down on time spent 'caring' rather than riding, and I have a girl who half-leases, but she hardly ever goes, so I ride probably 5-6 times a week. I go out either early in the morning (8-9.30, start work at 10) or in the afternoon (4.30-6ish). I'm also about a 30 min drive away. Its totally doable and being able to start my day with a good ride, or end a stressed day with a nice long canter is the best thing in the world!
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post #17 of 20 Old 11-16-2017, 06:26 AM
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I own two, and hope to add a third. + a plethora of other farm animals, work 40 hours a week and I also garden and raise our own meat so I am always having things to do.
Honestly, it CAN and DOES get overwhelming sometimes. At these times is when I really need to just saddle/harness up and go for a ride or drive. Or maybe just sit and watch the horses and draw or read. Remember that you love this and its not something you're doing just to do! I think sometimes, especially for younger people (I'm 21), the amount of things needed to be done can sometimes just end up feeling like another chore.
Can you switch your schedule at all? I work a full 40 hours but I only do 4 days right now, sometimes 5 if they can't make it work. Having that extra 3rd day off is great, but it does limit what you can do on the days you work long shifts. So you have to just see what works for you.
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post #18 of 20 Old 11-16-2017, 09:50 AM
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Leasing was a PERFECT option for me! I love my current horses, but wish I'd stayed with leasing (or at least boarding - I rarely have time to ride now that mine are in my backyard.)


Leasing gives you many of the benefits of owning without the stresses or guilt about not going out to see your horse everyday.
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post #19 of 20 Old 11-16-2017, 10:52 AM
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At one point in my life, I had a husband, 3 boys, 10 horses, 4 dogs, 4 cats and 3 iguanas at home. I also worked a full time job that often exceeded 50 hours a week. My husband was kind enough to do the morning feeding (he was an early bird) and get the boys cycled through the shower. I had breakfast duty, approved attire, and ensured they were out the door to catch the 6:15 a.m. bus. Husband and I were at work by 7.

I was the only person in the family who rode and trained, although husband would help (hold the lead) for the first ride(s) and stand ready for ambulance duty, in needed (never happened). I did the grooming, and evening feeding and the boys did stall duty (probably why they don't like horses). I rode at least 2 horses for 30 minutes each every night with longer rides on the weekends. I also cooked dinner, ensured all the other animals were fed, did laundry, cleaned house, etc.

Fast fwd 30 years (I'm pushing 60). I have 2 horses of my own at home - 1 green - and 1 here for refresher training/conditioning. I still work full time but I don't ride every day anymore. I'm no longer married, but I have my youngest son (disabled), teen-aged granddaughter and 3 dogs under my roof. I feed morning and night and scoop manure at least weekly. Granddaughter waters and helps with the poop-scooping. I do most of the maintenance of the acreage/outbuildings/house with as much help as son/granddaughter are able. House chores are shared.

What does all this mean? If you love horses, and love riding, you make it work, no matter the circumstances.
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post #20 of 20 Old 11-16-2017, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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The barn that I have my lessons are at is only a 30 min drive from work, so I could do a couple of evenings a week and then weekends, I can also work from home so could be in a position to finish work earlier in the winter to get some daylight! I think it's the after work time that concerns me, if I can only do 30 or 40 minutes through the week would that be enough for someone who was leasing?

At the moment, there isn't anyone looking to lease at my barn and other leases I have seen are all looking for someone to come to their barn and use their instructor. I don't particularly want to change instructors as I have very good rapport with mine and enjoy my lessons a lot with her.

I really appreciate all the input! It's great to hear about how everyone manages it, I tend to over schedule myself and was worried this would be the same.

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