i work at a boarding facility with 28 horses, so ill just give you a few examples of some of the horses daily routines there. they have the same schedule everyday. the only difference is that in the summer, most are out over night, but during the winter, those horses go out all day.
6am - hay time (horses get 3 flakes, ponies get 2)
6:30am - grain (depends on the pony/horse how much& what they get)
7am - bring in the horses that were out all night
then the first group of daytime guys & the ones that are out all day go out
10am - first group of day time guys come in, second group goes out
12pm - lunch hay (everyone thats in gets one flake)
12:30pm - second group of daytime guys come in
3pm - the horses that were out all day come in
4pm - dinner hay (horses get 2 flakes, ponies get 1)
4:30pm dinner grain (again, depends on horse/pony)
5-5:30pm - all night time guys go out
9pm night hay (everyone that in gets 2-3 flakes)
so if you figure you have a horse, they get about 9-10 flakes per day and say roughly a scoop of grain. if there on grass though then its a lot less - our fields are really good and have all grass, so in the summer we go through a lot less hay then we do in the winter.
if you work full time, then its probably better that you do full board. if your horse is an easy keeper, then you could probably do self care/ partial care..then you could get away with going to the barn once a day after work, give grain and clean its stall (unless if its on field board). if you do partial care then you may not have to worry about feeding or turning in/out and just supply everything and clean the stall. in my experience, its easy to get grain& bedding for a stall, but if your able to use the hay at the facility, i would definately consider it, unless they dont supply good hay. but you also need to logically think about it - if you have a hard keeper, do you want to wake up 2 hours early before work, go to the barn, turn your horse in/out, give it its hay& grain, and clean its stall? then make sure your there right after work to give it its dinner and bring it in? what about during the winter when you may need to blanket your horse..you would have to be at the barn around 10-11 when it starts getting warmer in the morning to take blankets off, and then at 9 at night when its really cold and they need another layer? also, what would happen if you have a meeting or want to go out with friends, but thats your horses dinner time? horses need a strict schedule..so if you think that it may be hard for your schedule..you may want to consider full or at least partial care. im not saying self care cant be done, but it would be hard. i also suggest having a stall& feild available - 12 hours in and 12 hours out is like the best option in my opinion. its always up to the horse though and what they like.
i hope i was helpful & good luck with your new bestfriend!😊