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post #1 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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Since I live on my own....I'm thinking of adopting a mare that is a great trail horse. I own couple acres and a small barn that fits a few horses and all( kept clean for all of my life) but I'm concern about the hours I work, mostly I do 8 hours shift and some 10 hours.... I was wondering if I could fit in a horse in my life.....I was wondering what people schedules look like
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post #2 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 05:06 AM
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I board my two horses just because I work twelve hour shifts. That being said, I do clean my stalls and set up feed for the horses once a day, but it works out for me since the barn provides turn out, turn in, and does the actual feeding twice a day, as long as I set up hay and grain.
When I had to do complete self care and get to the barn twice a day, I found that there was not enough time for me to sleep on the days I worked.

If I worked ten hours or less, I know I could do all my own horse care.
Something to consider besides the length of your work day is how many hours a week you work, and what other responsibilities you have that take up your time. If you work around 40 hours and don't have a lot of other stuff going on, I'd think you'd have enough time for a horse.

Along with my 12 hour shifts, I have 4 days off a week. So even though I can't ride on the days I work, I still have 4 days available to spend exercising horses and doing care I don't have time for on days that I work. That's plenty of time off even to condition an endurance horse. When I worked 8 hour days, I found that I could fit in time to ride most days if I wanted to. It would probably be difficult to ride with a 10 hour day, but hopefully when you do those you have more days off in between.
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post #3 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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Do you feed your horses in the morning and after work or just mornings......I guess it doesn't matter but just wondering if people feed them in the morning and let them out
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post #4 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 08:21 AM
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I worked and had a horse my whole working career. I bought a horse and got a job on the same day after I graduated college. I fed in the mornings before work, turned the horses out, and rode after work in the evenings. After riding in the dark in the woods for many many years, I do not think moonlight rides are particularly exciting or fun. I always kept my horses on my own place. It would be a lot harder if I boarded my horses.
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post #5 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 09:04 AM
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I think there are enough hours in the day, but it depends how you want to spend your out-of-work hours. You will definitely not get much leisure time. This is one of the reasons we decided to board. If we have a busy stretch of days, we don't have to worry about the horses.
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post #6 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 10:22 AM
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I used to take care of my 6 horses when I worked full time plus hours. During the work week I pretty much just fed, picked and turned in or out and on days off we went riding. I definitely got in more riding time when I only had 1 horse boarded, but I also really enjoyed having the horses right there in my back yard.

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post #7 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 11:02 AM
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When you consider that horses at most barns are left unattended for 8 -12 hours every night, being left on their own for the day is not a problem. One or two horses on your own property would not be difficult. If they have access to shelter you do not have to worry about the weather turning bad while you're away. A large heated tub could be filled once a day to provide water, Hay nets could be filled the night before as could the grain be measured out. You could also find a neighbor who could come and throw them some hay if you were really going to be late getting home. Since you own the barn and property some careful planning can create a situation that is both time and labor efficient.
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post #8 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 11:11 AM
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My husband and I used to both work in the City and I had four horses to look after. You get really efficient about doing chores, maintenance work and tweaking your routines to maximize your free time while minimizing your effort.

The bulk of the work was done after we got home for the day. If it was winter time, the stalls would be cleaned out and set up for that night, the hay for the next morning would be readied to go and after the horses were in we would put it out for the next morning. This meant that in the morning all that needed to be done was to let the horses out and fill up their water tub for the day. You got to be more lax in the summer time when the horses could rely on the pasture for food.

Like Dreamcatcher said, riding was really a weekend affair. The other thing that was a weekend affair (if it could wait that long) was fence inspection and repairs, replacing broken boards on the wind fence, putting in new light bulbs in the barn, hauling up the next week's supply of hay from stack to barn, etc. So, in other words, when you've got your horses home its always work, work, work (but I wouldn't have it any other way).
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post #9 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 11:31 AM
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I had a full time job, sometimes an extra part time job, 2 horses at home, and was single. If you want something bad enough you find a way to work it out.
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post #10 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 01:35 PM
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You are going to sacrifice some (or a lot) of personal time in order to care for your animals. You just have to figure out what is important to you.
Unless you have a large bale feeder of some kind that keeps hay in front of the horses 24/7, you will need to feed am & pm. You work around what is good for the horse.

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