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post #601 of 1323 Old 11-05-2015, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Im sitting here still trying to find out whats the best way to see her and do stuff with her for the winter during the work week. Cause obviously things in the winter arent going to be the same as the rest of the year with less sunlight, longer times to get to the barn, earlier feeding time, etc.

I can still do stuff with her and spend as much time with her if I wanted, but it would just be dark out. I know being able to spend 2-3 hours with her like I was able to during the summer just isnt possible (on weekends yes but not weekdays)/

Can someone answer this? Do horses get uncomfortable when leading in the complete dark? Ive only had to lead her once in complete dark and that was cause my lesson was at 7pm and when we were done it was pitch black out. I didnt even have a flashlight with me cause I know that horses can get spooked by them so I decided to lead her without one. Horses see just fine in complete pitch black darkness. I was more worried about her stepping on my feet so I just lead her a bit further away from me.

BO feeds at 4pm in winters and the herd will all be fed at once. I normally show up there at 4pm right from work (obviously will be later when the snow hits) but since they will be eating now when I get there, I might as well just either 1) hang out til my mare is done eating 5-530pmish) and then do stuff with her (but it will be getting dark by then) or I go home, then come out at 530pm?

Hmm. How do you guys deal with the dark? Do you hold flashlights while leading?
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I prefer to lead in the dark. I walk by putting my foot out and letting it stop when it hits the ground, and keep my knees and hips relaxed so they absorb the shock if there is a bump or dip. She will not step on the leader.
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I don't like pitch black, would rather see where my feet are landing. Flashlights don't bother my horses at all. They are kept at home, and I've not had to lead them in the pitch dark very often.
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So if im going to work her, chances are i will only be able to do it on the weekends. Suggestions anyone? It would suck only being able to spend 15-30mins with her during the weekdays throughout the winters but I might not have a choice.

That will give her some much needed time with her herd, so it can be seen as a good thing.
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That will give her some much needed time with her herd, so it can be seen as a good thing.
Yes but remember she has 24 hours of the day to spend with her herd.

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I prefer to lead in the dark. I walk by putting my foot out and letting it stop when it hits the ground, and keep my knees and hips relaxed so they absorb the shock if there is a bump or dip. She will not step on the leader.

After some thinking, I was suggested to pick up a head lamp (which I will tonight or tomorrow). SOunds like a wise investment.

Either way Im going to have to live with leading her in the dark so I might as well get used to it now.

What I will probably do is either I continue to go see her right from work, but I just hang out in the car or whatever (good time to read), and I can observe the herd, until shes done eating, then bring her in to do what I need to do.

Or I head home after work, tidy up and go afterwards. I might do a mix of both ill see.
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I would groom her while she eats.
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I would groom her while she eats.
In the field? Oh she wont like this. She likes to be left alone while eating.
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She IS the horse. You work HOW many hours in the day to feed her? She can manage one hour a day for YOU.

You aren't going to bring her inside in the winter??
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In the field? Oh she wont like this. She likes to be left alone while eating.
Oh bother. She can just deal with it. If she wants to eat she can stand to be groomed.
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She IS the horse. You work HOW many hours in the day to feed her? She can manage one hour a day for YOU.

You aren't going to bring her inside in the winter??
I never said Im not going to bring her inside in the winter, you can bet I will be a lot. Horse care is through the roof come winter. Its much more work in the winter than any other time of the year. Do you agree?

You know this has been on my mind all day today at work.

I was heading to see her after work today and then about 2/3 the way there I decided you know what? Im not going to see her tonight.

I need to spend a good night of reading and I need to come up with a list of stuff that Im going to do with her for the next while going into winter. I need to come up with a specific list of excersizes that I would like to do with her.

You know what? It being dark out isnt a reason for heading home early or not spending as much time with her. My ex has two horses and during the winters she still went to see them almost every night right from work and it was always dark out. Not sure how she saw around, but dark or not, 6pm or 8pm on a winter night she still went.

Like I said, it being dark out is just something im going to have to get used to. So the BO is feeding throughout the winter at 4pm (where its still sunny out) and when the horses are done eating, it will be dark. Tough luck, i will have to live with it. I was suggested to buy a headlamp with adjustable brightness and I will do this tomorrow.

I will either just hang out at the barn until shes done eating or I will go later in the night. I really dont want to disrupt her eating schedule, and especially since I go see her every night. (now that shes in a herd I would probably say 6 days a week as I find a day off a week to just refocus and read really helps reset my mind). Plus a day off a week, I can get some really solid reading done.

You know its so nice at this new barn being able to trust the BO and not being relied on to night feed every single day. I can actually take a day off from seeing my mare and I find it really helps me refocus. At the old barn, I went to see my mare every single night for 4 months because I was relied on to feed and I didnt trust the BO so I went every night because I felt I had to check up on her to make sure she was ok.

So far at the new barn, in the 7 weeks so far, Ive taken 3 days off from seeing my mare (that includes tonight). I would love to see her everyday, but like mentioned before its best if i take a day off every now and then to refocus, read more and do other stuff. At the old barn I had no time to even do as many lessons as I needed and no time to read books or really educate myself as much as I would have liked because I was so tied up on feeding every night.

In the whole 4 months that I was there, I think I did maybe 6 or 7 lessons and none of those were riding lessons, all were ground work. Thats not a lot in a 4 month span, not near enough for what I needed.

Dont get me wrong, I do kinda miss spending all day on my weekends at the barn (I would often get there 7 or 8am and stay until 6 or 7pm) and this was for the entire summer, but if all Im doing is feeding and barn chores for half of the day then what good is it for me. Whereas now, sure I may not be at the barn near as long on weekends, I have the time now to read. But boy did I ever love being able to spend my entire weekends with my mare. I would get so excited every Friday just thinking about it.

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