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post #21 of 26 Old 02-09-2016, 10:30 PM
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I work 50 + hours a week. 10-12 hour shifts. I keep my horses at home. I own 2 along with my friends 2. So a total of 4. I do all the work. And keep all 4 ridden. And show 2 of them. I don't have much of a life outside of the horses. Which is fine with me ???
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post #22 of 26 Old 02-10-2016, 02:50 AM
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My mom and I have two horses, they live at her house. She lives alone and works full time. She does 8 hour days but with her commute they are about 10 hour days. The horses have run in stalls in the pasture and they get fed there morning before work and night right after work. The misc maintenance that comes with having horses just happens when it happens. It's really hard to do it all on your own so you have to make sure it's something you're up for.
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post #23 of 26 Old 02-10-2016, 05:48 AM
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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...
This was my struggle about making the choice to move my horse from boarding. I have 6 acres I'm currently paying off before I build a house or do anything with. I am wondering if bringing my horse home and then getting a second horse would cause my time with them to be work around the place vs. actual quality time doing horsey stuff like we do now. I also will kind of miss the riding areas and such at the boarding farm even though they don't have a proper arena nor an indoor, but the roads are rideable, etc... but there is always people to ride with and it's my social outlet. People do ride horses in the neighborhood I bought in, and maybe it's safer (traffic wise) than I think it is, but the unknown worries me and sometimes I think I made the wrong choice lol.
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post #24 of 26 Old 02-10-2016, 12:00 PM
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This was my struggle about making the choice to move my horse from boarding. I have 6 acres I'm currently paying off before I build a house or do anything with. I am wondering if bringing my horse home and then getting a second horse would cause my time with them to be work around the place vs. actual quality time doing horsey stuff like we do now. I also will kind of miss the riding areas and such at the boarding farm even though they don't have a proper arena nor an indoor, but the roads are rideable, etc... but there is always people to ride with and it's my social outlet. People do ride horses in the neighborhood I bought in, and maybe it's safer (traffic wise) than I think it is, but the unknown worries me and sometimes I think I made the wrong choice lol.
I miss the social component. I'm always alone in my barn. I can't even trailer out to see friends at the moment, as my herd of 2 has MAJOR separation anxiety which I can't safely address until I have more daylight to work with them. This would all be a totally different adventure if I were single, of course! Still, I don't regret moving because it IS pretty amazing to come home from a rough work day and be surrounded by your entire human & animal clan. It's just been a bigger adjustment back to country life than I expected; 13 years in the city really spoiled me, haha.
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post #25 of 26 Old 02-12-2016, 02:38 PM
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I miss the social component.
I don't miss that at all! For about 2 years I managed a boarding facility for friends. The longer I did that, the less I liked people. Spoiled child + spoiled horse + overindulgent parents = migraines.
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post #26 of 26 Old 02-14-2016, 09:37 PM
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I don't miss that at all! For about 2 years I managed a boarding facility for friends. The longer I did that, the less I liked people. Spoiled child + spoiled horse + overindulgent parents = migraines.
I can't see a faster way of ruining my enjoyment of horses than running a stable.
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