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post #11 of 26 Old 12-07-2016, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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In the UK at the moment it's pretty much dark until about 7:30 AM which is almost school time anyway!

Surely the Christmas holidays are coming up soon? I feel your pain!
Yes your right, I leave for school at eight - I wake at 7 and don't even have time to skip out, it's literally feed them both, rug change, hay and water!
Sometimes I think of moving away from UK aha
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Winter can be hard. I loathe the whole concept of "Daylight Saving Time" -- ha, more like daylight wasting time. If the clocks hadn't changed, I'd still have that hour in the evening. For a while I was able to go ride before my afternoon classes, but once the work load started piling up, I had too much to do and too little time to do it. At least the semester is over and I'm starting winter break, that should give me some breathing room.

Chin up, the days will be getting longer again before you know it.
That's great that your term's ended! I can't wait for Christmas hols.
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I definitely feel for you on the dark - I work 35-40 minutes from where I board, and by the time I get out of work it's dark. And I have a brand-new horse that needs training!

I'm trying to console myself with the fact that the days will start getting longer again after Christmas, and for now my horse is enjoying being a wild, fuzzy, fat mammoth in the field with his buddies during the day.
Ahahaha that sounds like a great way for a pony to spend winter :)
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Yes your right, I leave for school at eight - I wake at 7 and don't even have time to skip out, it's literally feed them both, rug change, hay and water!
Sometimes I think of moving away from UK aha
Dulcie x
Ecuador has great daylength, I've heard.

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post #15 of 26 Old 12-07-2016, 08:22 PM
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Ha ha @Avna ! I used to live in Ecuador. It gets dark at 6:00 and gets light at 6:00 year round, never changes. The climate never changes either.

@Dustyisace , I ride in the dark. I did this morning. I will tomorrow. It's not as fun as riding in the daylight, but it's riding, and that's better than not riding. Although I don't use it for riding, I have a light that I put on my head (I use it for horse chores) that works really well. For riding, I find it's better just to let my eyes adjust. Anyone who thinks moonlight rides are romantic hasn't ridden for months in the dark. It's not that great, but at least it's riding.
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I understand your pain! I live a long ways away from school so by the time I get to the stable it's pretty dark...not to mention freezing! Luckily, I have an indoor arena! But, I also work a couple nights a week at the stable. Since it gets dark so early I have to start work earlier so I'm not in the middle of nowhere alone (stable is isolated) and unable to see. We also have wild animals that like to come out at night so I gotta be careful with that. Not to mention that I have this pesky thing called homework that has to get done...I'm with everyone else on here, though! I want those longer days again! Horseback riding definitely takes commitment. I tell people my sport never ends- it's year-round!

If I don't have a lot of time I sometimes just lunge Tessa since it takes so long to warm her up and then cool her down. Or I'll throw my saddle onto Sebastian, our "barrel horse" (like, he's a literal barrel) and practice my riding on there. No horse to groom, tack up, or cool down lol.

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Dark at 4pm?? Gees, and I hate that in midwinter it's getting dark by 5.30 here! Can't offer anything on 'how to hack better' - that is the pommy term for trail riding isn't it? You need to give more info on why she isn't good - she needs more training, doesn't like going out alone, at night...?

What concerns me more than your frustration tho is that you say your horses are permanently stalled for winter AND you can't give them any exercise. I would be wanting to ensure they got a few good walks out a day at least, if they were cooped up. Or not lock them up.
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Dark at 4pm?? Gees, and I hate that in midwinter it's getting dark by 5.30 here! Can't offer anything on 'how to hack better' - that is the pommy term for trail riding isn't it? You need to give more info on why she isn't good - she needs more training, doesn't like going out alone, at night...?

What concerns me more than your frustration tho is that you say your horses are permanently stalled for winter AND you can't give them any exercise. I would be wanting to ensure they got a few good walks out a day at least, if they were cooped up. Or not lock them up.
Yh Its pretty terrible here. Yes that is trail riding. She naps a lot and sometimes bolts when on her own and it's just worse at night. They are let out from 3-6 in a sand paddock to run and all morning at the weekend. I just meant they dont graze in winter. x
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Ecuador has great daylength, I've heard.
Sounds great when can I go? XD x
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Ha ha @Avna ! I used to live in Ecuador. It gets dark at 6:00 and gets light at 6:00 year round, never changes. The climate never changes either.

@Dustyisace , I ride in the dark. I did this morning. I will tomorrow. It's not as fun as riding in the daylight, but it's riding, and that's better than not riding. Although I don't use it for riding, I have a light that I put on my head (I use it for horse chores) that works really well. For riding, I find it's better just to let my eyes adjust. Anyone who thinks moonlight rides are romantic hasn't ridden for months in the dark. It's not that great, but at least it's riding.
Humm, maybe I could ride in the dark. I just worry if she trips? Or is it still as safe as normal? Thanks for this x
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