I'm 5 months into buying a 6 acre property and bringing my 2 horses home instead of boarding and living in the city. I miss boarding!!! lol
I love seeing my horses daily, but SEEING them is all I do - I get up at 5am to feed and head to work in the city, get home at 6pm, help make dinner for my family, feed the dogs, start a load of laundry, put my son in bed, then spend 20 minutes feeding horses & picking out the dark paddock before coming back inside to crash. Thankfully I have a spouse who does a ton of our housework, because I don't have the time or energy. Weekends are spent checking fences because the neighbor's new cows are brats, picking endless manure out of pastures which need to be mowed, buying feed, scrubbing buckets, and fighting with horses who aren't getting enough consistent work to even be fun to be around.
Hoping it gets better when there is more daylight and I *might* be able to squeeze in some riding during the week (in lieu of sleep.) Of course I don't have the funds to put in an arena yet and the horses tore up the pasture when they escaped from a broken gate during a rainy week so there isn't anywhere nice to ride, haha.
But when the horses see me walk out of the house and excitedly gallop over, or I see them peacefully grazing as the sun rises up over the frosty grass, I temporarily forget the struggles...