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.