Making it work.. How do you?
You know, the balance of family, work, life, horses.... Every time I think I have a handle on it, I find the balance eludes me.
I finally have the right horse, and she's at the right barn, with the right trainer! However it is still a long(ish) commute. And, between the kids, their schedules, hubby's job, my job... a week goes by in a blink and I realize I've not been there.
We had been in the process of purchasing a farm but that fell through, and we've decided to stay put for now. Which means I need to work this out somehow, as she will not be in the backyard, which I had hoped would give me more riding time.
If I didn't love the horse so much, I would throw my hands up, sell her, and take a break. It is getting *that* hard to keep at it. But I do like the horse, I think she will be a good partner for a lot of years, so I really don't want to part with her.
I thought it would be easier (ha ha) as the kids got bigger, but the truth is they have activities and things that now overtake my riding time.
Do I ride early in the AM? Pay a sitter a few times a week to watch little #2 so I can go ride? Half-lease mare out for awhile?
How are other people juggling the balance? Any advice?