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post #11 of 26 Old 01-03-2016, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Cole97 View Post
Do you feed your horses in the morning and after work or just mornings.
Around here most places feed the horses in the morning and turn them out, then bring horses in at night and feed again. That's considering that at a boarding facility there are usually hard keepers and easy keepers kept together as well as horses that will argue over food, so during turnout the horses just have pasture to graze on and no hay. My horse that stays turned out 24/7 also gets hay and grain morning and night because she's with other horses during the day.

If you have your own place with just one or two horses, you may be able to leave your horses turned out 24/7 and leave hay out. If that's the case, if your horse is not a hard keeper you may just feed some supplements once a day in the morning or night, and replenish your hay once a day. So you don't necessarily have to feed twice a day if hay is always available.
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post #12 of 26 Old 01-04-2016, 12:38 AM
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I keep my 3 horses at home and work 8-10 hours a day. When I get home, I let my 2 dogs out, then spend from 30-45 minutes walking my horses before feeding time. I enjoy my time with my horses and wouldn't want it any other way.
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post #13 of 26 Old 01-04-2016, 06:45 AM
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I think you could as long as you feed your horse at the same time every night, so if the latest you ever get in is 10:30 or 9:30 or whatever always feed her then, if you feed her the right amount she should be okay with exercise till the weekend! If she's in a stall though you might want to walk her around. x
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post #14 of 26 Old 01-04-2016, 10:25 AM
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I have two part time jobs that equal about 50 hours a week. It can be done, generally.

I board at a self care barn three exits from my house but convenient to both jobs. Monday through Wednesday, I work mornings at the office job and do more involved care in the evenings after 5 while I just feed in the mornings. The rest of the week is the exact opposite.

I am married and volunteer one day a week as well. The crockpot is my friend. Lol. As is running home on my lunch break and swapping loads of laundry and taking the dogs out.

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post #15 of 26 Old 01-04-2016, 11:50 PM
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We have 3 horses on 2 acres at home, and I find the daily maintenance very minimal. Our horses live out 24/7 with access to shelter (3 sided lean to, 12 ft deep x 24 ft long). I do a quick check on them mornings before work, and visit them again after work when I feed their grain. They have a large heated tank for water, and are fed off a round bale, so I only have to water 2x a week and put out hay @ once every 10 days.
I do not pick out the pen this time of year (muddy and wet or snowy), but just grade it over a few times a year.
So if you are set up for it, of course you can easily keep a horse with a full time job.
Your horse will need some kind of company, be it another horse, pony or mini, or even a goat.
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post #16 of 26 Old 01-05-2016, 07:22 AM
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I have 3 horses on 3 1/2 acres. I stall them at night during the winter and during the day in the summer.

I have a tractor and thus, feed round rolls of hay.

My day starts at 5. at the barn around 6:30, feed, quick clean the stalls, and then shower and head to work....

I go down again around 7pm and stall them and feed them again.....

Saturdays I go out to play....ride all day....

Then there's the time I have to get feed and shavings but I usually work that in during lunch.....

You can do it, but you won't have much time left over....

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post #17 of 26 Old 02-09-2016, 02:23 PM
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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...
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post #18 of 26 Old 02-09-2016, 02:38 PM
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I have my three horses at home...and try to make it as easy as possible on myself on the mornings I have to drive to the city for work. I am up at 4:30 am those mornings, feed their grain and fill water buckets. I have the hay already set up from the night before so just have to chuck it over the fence into their piles. Since my guys are on pasture, there is very little maintenance so that part is easy.

I work in the city 2x a week and work from home the rest of the time. The days I'm in the city I'm home at 7pm, so really just do a quick check on them, then get on with my night. The days I work from home are much better. I see the horses all day and get off work early enough that there is enough time to go for a short ride before dark. It helps that the days are getting longer!

Since my horses are not blanketed nor stabled, the upkeep and maintenance of them is actually fairly easy...no stalls to clean and they are in the field all the time so I don't really move them around a ton. It works great during the winter. Summer might be trickier when I have to rotate them on different pastures.
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post #19 of 26 Old 02-09-2016, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Cynical25 View Post
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.).
It makes a BIG difference with the amount of daylight hours in the summer as to what you can do. Winter is pretty much all work and no play.
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post #20 of 26 Old 02-09-2016, 10:26 PM
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I hope you get a friend for your horse, they don't do that well alone.
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