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ParadoxFarm
Jun. 8, 2011, 01:42 PM
For those of you who work full time (outside of the barn), how many horses do you keep in work? We have 4 horses, and I am pretty much keeping 2 in full work. My husband is responsible for the other two. However, he doesn't seem to have the time to get those two worked regularly. Just curious how many horses other people can keep going. I may need to take over at least one of the other 2 horses which would mean I have 3 to work. Is that possible? :confused:

Janet
Jun. 8, 2011, 01:46 PM
I used to be able to keep two horses in work- but now I can ony do one and a half.

Give and Take
Jun. 8, 2011, 01:48 PM
used to keep 2 as well, plus the occasional ride on an older one to keep him honest for a friend.

but i sold one and now my other full-time ride is going even better. i still hop on the oldster once a week.

much less stress...

caffeinated
Jun. 8, 2011, 01:48 PM
Normally 2, or even three (provided I rode EVERY day and kept to a tight schedule).

But that's only if there's nothing besides work. So for about the last year... one and a quarter, I guess. hehe.

eventer_mi
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:16 PM
Used to have two, but only one now, and that one is barely ridden these past few weeks, due to EOC (End of Course) testing. Blech. I've considered quitting my job (teaching) to spend more time riding, but then I wouldn't have the money to board my horse where he is now (loffly facility), so it's a catch-22: I work to ride, but I can't ride because I work. Urgh.

TrakeGirl
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:34 PM
Ummm...I must be a slacker.

Half of one is all I can manage!

OveroHunter
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:37 PM
Ummm...I must be a slacker.

Half of one is all I can manage!

Yeah, I'll join that club... Half of one is all I manage as well, and by that I mean I trail ride one of my horses reguarly. If I could find a horse crazy kid to ride them in the arena, I would, but these kind of kids (like I was) don't seem to exist anymore!

Speaking of which, if you know a horse crazy kid near Madison, GA that can actually ride a hunter, let me know.

Frivian
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:39 PM
I was working one and half, but felt like I had no life outside of work and horses! Now I just have my one, and I STILL have no life outside of work and horses. :winkgrin:

mackandblues
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:44 PM
3 horses in full time work is alot. I tried to do something similar and it was too tough for me. I ate, slept, worked and rode. That was it. Something to consider - use more lunging work outs. You can get in a great workout for the horse in under 30 minutes instead of spending 45-60 minutes under saddle.

Chouteau
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:44 PM
The barn is 30 minutes from the office - no traffic - usually an hour, can be up to an hour and a half in rush hour traffic, I try to get out of the office by 5:30, to the barn between 6:30 & 7:00, out of the barn by 8:15-8:30, 45 minutes home dinner around 9:30 bed by 10:00 to get up at 4:45 so I can work out before work - try to see my negleted husband in there - so yeah, just one is all I can afford in several ways, he gets worked 5-6 times a week - I love every minute of it & am so lucky to get to do it!

SmartAlex
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:45 PM
My sister and I used to share duties and keep 4 in work and show ready. I think 2 is about max for a career person.

purplnurpl
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:50 PM
I used to be able to keep two horses in work- but now I can ony do one and a half.

this goes for me too.

I get up at 5:30am. out the door at 6am. (long commute to work)
get back home at 6:30pm.
And I usually have one TV show a night that is a must see. :cool:

In Texas it's hard to do much before 8pm during the summer.

If I would give each horse 5 rides a week (alternate Monday-Thurs) then I could do 2 a little better, but oui -- I'm tired and need a day off.

I find that I need a break and work on the long line. Both horses I have need long line work about twice a week.

The paint horse has good dressage paces/understanding so our flat days take forever.
Last night little paint horse was a stinker and I didn't get off him until 9:45pm. I'm soooo tired today.

On the weekends I sometimes ride a few more.

The best number for me is 1. : )

dab
Jun. 8, 2011, 02:59 PM
I'm currently failing at keeping 2 in work -- They're at barns that are 1.5 hours apart which makes it more challenging -- I'm managing to keep my show horse fit, but am not putting in enough time to get my semi-retired mare fit enough for long trail rides this season --

Sancudo
Jun. 8, 2011, 03:03 PM
I have 3 going, but two are for sale so hopefully this won't be an ongoing thing. My trainer helps me out with a couple of rides a week though. When I mean "in-work" it's 5 -6 rides a week. I have one I can get by with 4-5, one is best with 5, and the other is minimum 6- 7 is best if I can do a light walk/trot one day. I work 8:30 to 5, I can do two in the evenings after feeding before it's too dark, and one in the morning around 6 before work. I have someone feed week day mornings, but the rest of the farm maitenance is up to me- and I have boarders, so it has to be kept up with mowing, dragging the arena, repairs etc. I also am a runner, so that's another priority. Barn is 25 minutes from home/work (a quarter mile apart). I have no free time. :) I come home and crash by 9:30, try and get my grocery shopping a chores done a lunch. It's kind of insane. But I had all three lame/lost shoes/abscess at one point last spring, and didn't know what to do with myself!

Arelle
Jun. 8, 2011, 03:06 PM
Three is the most I've done (and about to start doing again). Kept in regular work and show ready. Add my 2011 filly in for good measure when she's weaned in a month or so, and I'll be back up to four.

I wake up at 5, work out, go to work, get off at 4:30, stay at the barn until 9:30, go home and see my SO, bed at 11, repeat.

I don't have a social life, but that's okay, because I don't want one. I don't drink and I'd rather spend eating out money on tack. I have lunches with my coworkers daily and all of my friends are horse people I see regularly at the barn or shows. The SO and I hang out on the weekend where I have a few extra hours to catch dinner or see a movie.

My horses are all ridden 5-6 times per week, Mondays off.

meupatdoes
Jun. 8, 2011, 03:58 PM
I have kept three in full work; now that I have less commuting time I could probably do four.

No spouse, no kids though. ;)

SunkenMeadow
Jun. 8, 2011, 03:58 PM
This is a dilemma I have too.

I just sold one, but have three others to keep in shape (luckily the 4th is pregnant so I have that excuse for now). I work full time and if I ride two after work every day I consider that an accomplishment. Lucky for me my husband plays stable boy and will lunge whomever I can not get to for the day.

Jumper_girl221
Jun. 8, 2011, 04:06 PM
2 in full "show training" and then sorta maintaining the others.

The two ponies get 1 ride or so a week on top of their riding lessons. I have a little girl that came out last year to ride them for me, I'm hoping she can do it again this summer now that school is out.

I have a boarder that is in for a brush up and to be sold, she's getting ridden 3x a week (per the contract). Then I've got my 4 year old I've been trying to work with and she's closer to 5 days. All are on full turnout so I don't worry about lunging if I can't get to them.

I usually do "light" rides during the week, w/t/c, with some ground poles and small x's. Serious schooling I save for the weekends when I can devote more time. They both get 30 minute +/- rides, I hop on one, then hop on the other, then feed and get home. I probably ride 3 times during the week, then both weekend days.

On days when I'm riding, I try to have something in the crockpot or we do something easy so that dinner is done when I get home. I have a 45 minute commute and have to pick my kid up from day care). I usually get to the barn about 6, do very basic grooming so it takes less then 10 minutes to tack up, ride, quick hose, and done. I get back home about 8-sh typically, do dinner, bathe my 3 year old, then bed. I feed at 4:30 am before my husband leaves for work, but because he leaves at 5, I'm not able to ride early, so typically do my cleaning then (or just go back to bed and the house looks like a tornado blew threw...90% of the time, lol).

TrotTrotPumpkn
Jun. 8, 2011, 04:16 PM
I am working 50 hours a week right now. I have one horse I ride 4x a week, although I took a day off this week after riding in a clinic this last weekend. Trainer rides 1 additional time for me, and then I am working with my yearling to go show in hand later this month. Since she was basically unhandled from last summer until 2 weeks ago, we are a bit behind.

I'm getting kind of burned out on it all right now. I don't really feel like going to the barn(s) tonight. Did I mention they are at different barns?

I also have a dog I need to finally show and title this summer. I've been putting it off forever. Even though it is just her CD, it is still another thing I'm supposed to be doing regularly.

Then there are organizations I belong to that all eat up time and of course, don't forget the husband ;)

Small Change
Jun. 8, 2011, 04:17 PM
I ride four - two regularly, and two when their usual riders get too busy to sit on them, which is usually a few days a week. I can only do it because I work 12 hour shifts, including nights, which means I am off more days than a regular 9-to-5'er. If I had a Monday to Friday job, I think I'd have to work a lot harder to keep just one or maybe two going, tops!

PNWjumper
Jun. 8, 2011, 04:30 PM
I typically keep 3-4 in regular work in addition to my full time job and 2 kids (3 and 6). I have an extremely structured riding schedule...when I'm home for a long stretch I manage days off in such a way that I typically have 2-3 to ride on a given weekday, and then all 4 get ridden on the weekend come hell or highwater! (OK, really usually just rain :))

But my job is somewhat unusual and doesn't require 8 hours in an office away from home. Not saying I don't work a lot since I typically work 12+ hours a day, I just get to structure my days how I want. I work out of my house except when I'm traveling. So no one gets ridden (unless I hire someone) when I'm traveling and everyone gets ridden when I'm home. So take what I say for what it's worth....which may not be much since I have such a screwy schedule.

But the details may make it easier to understand. 2 of my horses are big jumpers (i.e. they need lots of conditioning/riding/jumping...relatively speaking, of course), 1 is a baby (just put back under saddle last month as a 3 1/2 yo), and 1 is my small pony for my kids. So my 2 big jumpers get ridden on a targeted 7-day-a-week schedule that falls apart a bit when I'm out of the state. Though neither gets a single day off when I'm home. My baby gets ridden 3-4 times a week (meaning I only have to slot him in 1-2 times during the weekdays), and while I aim for 6 days a week with my pony, he often gets bumped off the schedule because of time or a mid-ride phone call, or impromptu conference call, etc. And I have a neighbor kid who often comes over and rides him for me. So maybe it's more fair to say that right now I'm only keeping 3 on a really regular schedule.

But before I had kids I kept 6 horses ridden on a 4-6 day a week schedule while working a full time job in an office out-of-home. But again, that took an extremely structured riding plan, and I was often riding late into the evenings (translation: I sacrificed every second of spare time and pretty much everything other than my job). It didn't bother my husband, but I can't do that now with the kids....especially since I travel so much for work.

I don't think it's impossible to do what you're thinking. But I would think hard about taking on even one more if you're already feeling stretched a bit thin. Will you still find it fun or will it become such a chore that you start dreading riding at all? I can say from experience that 6 horses was way too many for me to handle without help (or at LEAST a groom!) and it quickly ceased to be fun. Most were sales horses and I've made sure to keep my sales horse numbers down to 1 or 2 (in addition to "my" horses) ever since those couple of years.

Good luck whatever you decide!

ParadoxFarm
Jun. 8, 2011, 04:39 PM
OP here. It's interesting to read all your schedules. It's hard to manage everything, isn't it? And I don't have kids like some of you do!

One benefit for me is that I have my horses at home, and I have an arena to ride in (and a nice round pen if needed). I trailer out for lessons once a week. The third horse I may take on, I will likely do what some of you are doing, more round pen, lunge work with her so she's basically "ready" for my husband to get on and work with her when he can. :) But I don't think I'll commit to working her full time. Too much. I'll do what I can.

Oh, and I am also lucky that my schedule is somewhat flexible. I am a court reporter, so when I'm not actually reporting, I can work on transcripts whenever I want. Right now, that's in the HOT part of the day. I ride around 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. when my arena is shaded and cooler. I can also ride in the morning if I want. All depends on the weather.

And house cleaning? Um...shucks. I'm lucky to straighten it up once a week! (other than maintaining laundry and dishes). :)

Thanks for your input everyone.

winter
Jun. 8, 2011, 04:41 PM
One show horse who needs 5 rides minimum a week is completely manageable IF you have weekends....
If you are insane like me and go away every. single. weekend. in the winter it's hard. I can do one if someone one else does one ride/week. One winter I did two pretty much full time with someone else doing 1-2 rides/week and that's pretty ok too since you're already at the barn. I couldn't do 3.

Problem is, like Trottrotpumpkin, I have young horses as well so...
Halter breaking/doctoring and managing 2 yearlings and a broodmare is exhausting in addition to working full time. My yearlings are definitely NOT where I'd like them to be in their manners.

Schedule is: up at 7:30, at work by 8:30 (only half hour commute on foot) home by 5:30 or 6:30. At barn 1 by 7 or 7:30, barn 2 by 8. Home 10-10:30. I don't do the young horses every day, I always prioritise the horse in work.
I do not: pay bills, open mail, clean my house, buy groceries, eat dinner, have husband or other pets. I do also try to socialise (but not that often) so the result is that I hardly sleep and end up being tired and run down often.

This is really what weeds those who are really into to horses from those who were just into it as juniors. Of all the girls I've seen at the barn over the years I would say 5% or less continue to ride after high school after their parents quit paying. For most people the commitment of job + horse is just too much and who can blame them.

PolymerChem
Jun. 8, 2011, 04:43 PM
1.5? I have a normal 9 to 5 (err, 7 to 3:30) job. I ride have one that I ride 5-6 days a week and I was exercising another one 2-3 days a week for a few months. I do my own grooming/tacking, but not feeding/stall cleaning (covered in board). I have no significant other or children though, and I'm sure that helps me have time. I don't think I could ride two or more 5+ times a week, it's just too much for me!

I'm trying to fit in exercise on days where I ride/work already. We'll see if that lasts.

ParadoxFarm
Jun. 8, 2011, 04:44 PM
PNWjumper, you are right. I don't want it to be a chore. I've just recently started enjoying riding again (after several years of unstructured riding.) I've been showing again for the first time in years, as well. So I think I will do what I can to help my husband and "his" two horses, but not committing to full time work. My 2 are enough.

I can't even imagine 6 horses. Wow.

Thanks!

fordtraktor
Jun. 8, 2011, 08:01 PM
It depends on what you mean by "work."

When I worked 9-5, I was also running a training/lesson business and I kept 6 horses going 5 days a week, plus about 10 lessons a week. Horses at home so no horse commute. I got up at 5:30, on the first one by 6 a.m., usually 3 before work depending on whether one was naughty and needed a little longer than normal (all babies so about 30 minutes in the saddle tops, 10 minutes to hose one and grab another), plus speed-feeding 12 on my way out to work. Get home at 5:30, either ride or teach until 9:30, when it became too dark to see. Weekends all 6 were ridden, plus lessons. I had no spouse, no kids so feasible.

When I worked at a law firm, I could barely ride 1 and paid someone else to ride him twice a week. I had to get up at 4:30, at the barn by 5:30, on the horse by 6, ride, groom, commute back to the city, go to work by 9ish, work until late in the night. In the winter I used a head lamp to ride as it was pitch black with no ring lights. I was lucky to do mid-week rides once or twice a week pre-kid, never after kid. On the weekends was easier.

now I work part-time, have a farm and a kid. I can keep 2 going, mostly. The farm takes up a lot of time -- spent 3 hours today pushing the mower, another 2 on horse care, and rode 1. Plus 5 hours at the job. Now I have another to ride periodically and I think that will be fine, she's the type I can hop on bareback when I have a spare 15 minutes so that will be alright. I usually ride them 4 times a week -- no riding on weekends, weekends are family time and we always have activities. THAT is a big sea change!

Trixie
Jun. 8, 2011, 10:24 PM
I have two right now and am hacking a third "occasionally" but one is very much in part time work. Given my druthers, I would have them both ridden 4-5 days a week, usually it's 4 for one if I'm lucky and maybe 2 for the other, depending.

The commuting is what kills me. I work in the city, 7 miles from my house. When this started to take 40 minutes+ and gas went up, I gave up and started metroing. This involves me biking to the metro and then taking the train to my desk (overall, about 30-35 minutes depending, but I'm not BEHIND SOMEONE AT 4 MPH, I'm likely reading). I must be at work from 8:30-5:30, since the office is patently inflexible. I then commute home, grab dog, and try to get out the door by 6:15 if I'm lucky, to drive another 45 minutes (minimum) to hour or so out to the barn. Most nights I get there by 7:15, ride, feed, pick fields, do chores, etc, then drive about 35 minutes home.

Someday I'm going to move somewhere where I don't spend a large portion of my day in transit. Have I mentioned I'm also in school part time?

Beam Me Up
Jun. 8, 2011, 10:38 PM
I have 3 at my house, 2 of which are in full work.
The plus of having them at home is no separate commute, the minus is the additional barn chores.

Until recently I could frequently telecommute and it was easier.
Now the timing is bothering me--I work from 7 - 3:30, and it is so hot, I would much prefer to ride before work. Oh well, for my area (DC) I have a really good commute so I shouldn't complain too much.

KateKat
Jun. 8, 2011, 11:56 PM
Holy crap, some of you are making me feel like a total whiny slacker! I only have one, ridden 4-5 times a week by me. I work 7-430. No kids. I can't imagine being able to handle more and still find time to have somewhat of a life outside of horses, work and the gym!

Simbalism
Jun. 9, 2011, 12:34 AM
I work a 40+ hour week(five 8 hour shifts). I have one horse(16yo TB mare). We don't really show any more, we mainly dabble. I do alot of trail riding and occasional hunter lessons. We have done 2 low level CT's this spring, and plan to do a couple more in the fall. We are also trying some judged trail rides. We do a few hunter paces and plan to try foxhunting this fall. I generally ride 5-6 days in the summer, and 4-5 in the winter(more if weather allows). I am actually window shopping for another horse to be bringing along as a replacement for my current horse. I am getting older and want to have another in the wings if/when my girl needs to be retired. I am pretty lucky in that my mare seems to keep herself fairly fit(she's on pasture board and her field is kind of hilly),so I could ride her less if I needed to.

gottagrey
Jun. 9, 2011, 12:36 AM
Right now I'm lucky if I can get to the barn on the weekends - soo frustrating but it does beat the alternative - no work/job = no horse

fordtraktor
Jun. 9, 2011, 08:07 AM
Holy crap, some of you are making me feel like a total whiny slacker! I only have one, ridden 4-5 times a week by me. I work 7-430. No kids. I can't imagine being able to handle more and still find time to have somewhat of a life outside of horses, work and the gym!

The whole "life outside of horses, work and the gym" is what most of us who do or did that kind of schedule DON'T have. When you ride on that schedule, there is no time for life outside, or even the gym. On 6 a day and farm chores for 12 I didn't need extra gym work to keep in shape. I did make a habit to walk around constantly while teaching lessons, that creates fitness and plus, everyone can hear you better if you are closer!

It's OK, it is the tradeoff you make, but it is no longer compatible with my life now that I have a family. Not fair to them.

00pisces
Jun. 9, 2011, 02:42 PM
A half of one horse. I started leasing my guy in April and started taking 1 grad school class that same week. And I had a boyfriend.

The boyfriend and I broke up, and last weekend, I saw non-horsey friends for the first time since March. I've had to do the sheepish phone calls where I'm like, "Yeah, hey, sorry that you came in third to horses and a boyfriend, but the boyfriend is gone now, so I'm free to hang out on Saturday night, as long as we don't stay out too late because I need to ride on Sunday morning . . ."

Cheap, sound, sane, pick two.

Work, school, significant other, kids, hobby, clean house, working out. Pick three and half-a** a fourth. The first horse = 1 hobby. The second horse = .75 hobby because you already sunk some commuting/barn prep tasks with the first horse. Third + horses = .5 hobby each.

pattnic
Jun. 9, 2011, 03:04 PM
I regularly ride 3 horses, but I'm not able to do so to the extent that they are all show-ready all the time. Mostly I alternate through them, sometimes do two in one day, and on Sundays try to do all three... this of course, depends on the weather, too. When I have an upcoming show for one of them, that one gets priority, and the others take a backburner. I'm sure they would all be better if they were worked daily, but I'm lucky in that they really don't backslide if they are not.

I work 9-5 with about 2.5 hours of commuting each day between home and work. It takes me at least 45 minutes to get to the barn, so I guess that's another 1.5 hours. I don't usually make it to the barn before 7PM, and I really need to be to bed by 11 to get enough sleep... not that I ever actually do! I try to go to the gym before work in the AM, which means I get up at 6 or 6:30. I also work from 12-6 on Saturdays.

It was easier when my schedule was 29 hours a week and I worked 7-3:30... but then I was also trying to work 6 horses!

SunshineSummertime
Jun. 9, 2011, 03:45 PM
I love reading that I am not the only crazy person out here! I have 4 show horses in average/moderate work. Everyone is pretty sane, seasoned, and great to deal with (the best bunch I've had). Luckily no greenies this year! We horse show about 2X per month. I also have a 2yo that I am round penning and prepping to go for training at the end of the month, which will relieve some time.

Here is what I do- I SCHEDULE my ride time, or it never happens. Just like a Dr. appt, or a lunch date, I physically write it in my scheduler- that way I feel committed. We have 10 horses at the barn, so I manage the help as well as the supplies and payroll and billing etc. This extra income helps offset the show expenses for 4 show horses.

I work full time with a 60 minute commute one way. I am in grad school 1-2 nights a week. I have a 3 year old son. And yes, at the end of any given day I want to scream...however it is the horses that keep me sane!

The positives to my situation- my barn is a 3 minute drive from my house. I have a round pen and an exersiser (HELPFUL!). I rarely trailer out to train, as I can't afford the time it takes. I also have a girl that can hack for me if I get a crazy week thrown my way. I had to give on it being ME to do the actual riding for EVERY ride, but I do manage it (and I will admit, mostly MICRO-managing...).

Being busy takes being organized, but being organized takes time! If you want to lead the life, and stay committed to horses, you have to take the time to get organized about it. And I agree, it takes a lot of dedication to make horses a priority and managing their care on top of it is a 24/7 type of job.

I couldn't lead this life without help, and luckily I have great help in all aspects of my life.

PNWjumper
Jun. 9, 2011, 05:28 PM
The whole "life outside of horses, work and the gym" is what most of us who do or did that kind of schedule DON'T have.

Amen to that! The only time I see a gym is when I'm traveling and it's only because I'm not home to ride. And "a life"? I'm not sure what that is :lol:

amt813
Jun. 9, 2011, 06:56 PM
Wow you guys are impressive - I can barely keep my one going :)

fordtraktor
Jun. 9, 2011, 10:16 PM
Amen to that! The only time I see a gym is when I'm traveling and it's only because I'm not home to ride. And "a life"? I'm not sure what that is :lol:

Yep, me either! Occasionally I leave the farm to placate my husband but that's about it. Mowing grass with the push mower is my "gym."

Now if it involves hooking up the horse trailer, I'm game for anything!

RugBug
Jun. 10, 2011, 01:14 AM
Holy crap, some of you are making me feel like a total whiny slacker! I only have one, ridden 4-5 times a week by me. I work 7-430. No kids. I can't imagine being able to handle more and still find time to have somewhat of a life outside of horses, work and the gym!

This is pretty much me exactly...althought I do have a second horse that only gets ridden on the weekends right now. He will be for sale soon as he deserves someone to call his own...and I deserve to not feel guilty.

'Course I'm also the type that can't handle having every second of every day scheduled. I start feeling trapped. I have to have a lot of downtime to be able to face the world with a positive outlook. :lol:

I could do two if I wanted to be super structured at the barn: tack, ride 1st, untack 1st while tacking 2nd up, ride, untack, etc but that wears on me quickly. I prefer to have someone else ride #2 during the week, when I can find them.

AnEnglishRider
Jun. 10, 2011, 01:39 AM
I'm with the "half of one" crowd, lol. I'm a college student but in the summers I work full time (or close to) at a kennel, so that means pulling weird shifts sometimes, and my horse sweats so bad during the daytime (not being ridden, just standing out in the shade in the pasture) that I can really only ride him in the early morning or late evening - if I'm working at either of those times (or if I have to go to bed early to make it to the opening shift) then I can't ride as much.

My boy reminded me by trying his best to buck three times tonight that going from seeing me every day and being ridden almost every day during the school year to being ridden 3-4x a week and not seeing me all the time (at school, I board self care, so I was there to feed and clean his run even if I wasn't riding) is UNACCEPTABLE. And here I was thinking I was doing him a favor since he doesn't handle the heat too well! Silly boy. We'll have to start working some of that energy off more often.

ElementFarm
Jun. 10, 2011, 05:14 AM
In my last job I was working 50-60 hrs a week. I manged two and an occasional ride on my third (who was supposed to be the DH's but he didn't do much with him. But it was tough. for a while I part leased one of mine, and that worked out much better. My new job should have better hours, and the hope is that I will have time for both of my show horses for 5-6x/week rides, and an occassional ride on my show pony who's being half leased.
In general, I would say 1.5 would be the perfect number. 2 is manageable, but I had trouble with any more that that.

tidy rabbit
Jun. 10, 2011, 06:32 AM
Right now I've got 4 going and I teach lessons too. Plus I run the farm myself. So it's a juggling act for sure. I don't do anything else, only the horses and my regular full time job. Oh, sometimes I go to the grocery store.

Next week I'm heading to KY for a show with just one horse and staying with at a friend's farm. It will be like a vacation!!!!! Can't wait.

touchstone-
Jun. 10, 2011, 12:44 PM
I've done two, but it was pretty exhausting, and the horses generally got short workouts during the week. One at a time is more my speed. I like to have enough time to actually groom the horse, clean my tack, etc. every day--and ride for a decent bit. I sometimes wish I had someone to tack up for me--that would make 2-3 much more feasible.

I also like to have some room in my schedule to work late sometimes, exercise and have something of a social life.

KateR
Jun. 11, 2011, 06:51 AM
I am working about three quarters of one at the moment! I work 8:30-4:30 and spend 2.5-3 hours a day commuting :(. On weekends he gets worked properly both days, but during the week I try to work him 4 times, usually I just grab my helmet and his bridle and ride bareback in the dark, not saddling up saves time and riding bareback so much has made my position and balance much better.

cherham
Jun. 11, 2011, 07:07 AM
I own and operate a small boarding facility (9 horses in total) and work a full time job in the City as does hubby. We do all the farm work ourselves (haying, building and property maintenance etc. as well as the horses). I used to try to keep 2 of my horses in full training with the expectation that I would show them both. Its just too hard to do anymore.....(we are both over 50 now) and with the long commutes to work every day, shift work and the time required to keep our farm running I have had to decide which of my horses will be ridden regularly and which will be the occasional ride when I have the time and energy to do so. We have had to hire part time help the last few years during the week as it just became too much work to get all the horses and barn done before we left for work at 6:00 am (or earlier). Feeding at 4:30 am and turning out in the dead of winter using a flashlight to see my way to the paddocks is just not my idea of fun anymore :)

Although I would love to ride more, full time work obligations just get in the way unfortunately. I am far less stressed now concentrating on just one horse. I give enormous credit to those that ride multiple horses while still working full time and having a family and/or farm to take care as well.

mojo7777
Jun. 11, 2011, 07:11 AM
One and only one. Between job and family I can ride 3-4 times/week, but I'm out 2x/day. It's more than worth it, but I don't do anything else--just look at my house!

mbp618
Jun. 11, 2011, 06:16 PM
Although my job is riding full time, I had two of my own horses that were not stabled where I worked. I did two 6 days a week. I would either ride one at 530 am and the other at 6/6:15 am or I would ride when I finished with work but usually I would do them before work because you never know when your day will end.