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  1. #21
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    Jan. 10, 2008
    Western NY


    I'm a teacher. During the school year I have limited time... my barn is 40 minutes away, and I have to borrow my husband's car to get there, so I'm limited to weekend riding and occasional weeknight lessons. But once it gets cold, I'm a wimp about riding, so I'm pretty happy just going to groom my horse, snuggle him and maybe tool around bareback in the indoor or ride around outside in the snow for a little bit. I have summers off though, which means I can spend all day at the barn, and can do shows, clinics, etc., whenever I feel like it. So it's actually a perfect job for me; collect my paycheck all summer, and then just hang out, clean tack, sit in the pasture, go for a trail ride, and otherwise not have any agenda.

    ETA: Realized I didn't completely answer the question--am married, with no children but pets.
    Last edited by SarahandSam; Oct. 9, 2008 at 06:30 AM.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2005


    I work in the compeitions department of an equine association and my hours are 8-5, M-F. I am married with a non-horsey husband who through a twist of fate is now working in the horse industry so he is very understanding about the hours away from home. We have no children, just lots of pets.

  3. #23
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    Oct. 14, 2004
    Lexington, KY


    I'm a research associate for an animal biotechnology company. I work normally 7/8am-5pm, but sometimes I'm in earlier/stay later as needed to get my work done. I live with my BF, my dog and our cat (I'm not ready to call the dog "ours" hahaha). The kids are easy (the dog suffered through 4 years of a PhD with me so he's used to a hectic schedule) We share house work etc. I just started riding again after a bit of a hiatus to finish my disseratation/ graduate/ move across the county this spring until now. Currently I ride once a week in a lesson, but as soon as my muscles are a bit stronger, I'll start lessoning 2-3xs a week and hacking horses for my trainer 2 or so more days/week.
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  4. #24
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    Mar. 25, 2008
    Goshen NY

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    I have my own business and I can cut out when I want. But I really have to have work done before I go or it eats at me when I'm with the horses. I like working at night so I end up riding during the day and then working til sometimes 11pm. I end up riding 3 times a week. I'll trailer out to a park and trail ride for about 2 hours. Once a week, I'll trailer to this local horse park to school in their arenas. I self care so the chores sometimes preempt riding.
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  5. #25
    Join Date
    Feb. 15, 2007
    often between a rock and hard place in Ky


    Another RN here I work 7p-7a on weekends every fri-sat-sun. due to having one special needs child that I need to be available for in case her school has problems. I have one other teenager that also rides. I get to ride 2-3 days a week, and will work and extra OT day if I need any extra money for horsey expenses, Married but have separate bank accounts (we like it better that way and never fight over money) Horsey expenses are all mine and we split household expenses 50/50. I don't show much myself but will send daughter to shows with trainer when she wants to show. I can plan ahead and request weekends off for any shows or events I really want to attend.
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  6. #26
    Join Date
    May. 6, 2007


    I used to be a barn manager, which was fabulous in terms of riding time, except for the fact that I never had time to ride my own horses! And actually, it was long hours, atlhough very flexible. Now I'm back in publishing and am a Product Manager (internally referred to as Developmental Editor, it's an Editorial position) for a major textbook publisher. For the past few months the travel has been ridiculous. I'm on the road for over half the month, with no end in site until November.

    I'm trying to fit riding both horses in a few times a week. They're both at home right now, so I probably average 1-1.5 hours a day of pure barn work (feeding, watering, blanketing, turnout, stalls), no riding involved. I'm married, so it's a challenge. I definitely have to choose during my downtime -- horses or husband? I try to wake up early on weekends to fit the horses in before the husband's up and maximize our weekend time together. And then there are the dogs... they want attention too. I get very little time with any of them during the week, so it's tough to try to fit them all in on the weekend and make them all feel special! My husband's in the Navy, so what time we do have together is precious. Right now he's on shore duty, which is great because he's not out to sea. It's unfortunate that we're not able to maximize the opportunity of more time together. I'm sure we'll have kids too within a couple years... holy heck, don't know how I'll manage that! By then I'm hoping both horses will be at boarding barns. That way I can use what time I would normally be putting toward barn work toward riding instead.

    Showing is another matter. To be honest, after spending all week in hotels and on planes, when I get home on Friday, I just want to be HOME. I don't even want to eat out at a restaurant. I want to cook my own dinner, in my own home, and go to bed in MY bed. Nearby shows are okay, but I no longer relish spending all day at a show. My time at home is precious, and I want to spend time with my husband too, not just the horses.
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  7. #27
    Join Date
    Aug. 23, 2001
    Bluegrass, Kentucky


    I work a m-f 7:30-4 job with the publications industry. It's not the best but pays the bills, and keeps me in books. On the side I write for an online news magazine, also Edit for another and design web content for a farm. I ride two to three horses a day, live with my boyfriend. Compete regularly.
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  8. #28
    Join Date
    May. 24, 2005
    Winter Park, Florida


    I went back to work full time for the first time in 21 years this past winter. I have my farm which is 30 minutes away..get to the barn by 6 to take care of the barn work at a vet dermatology center where I work in the office. Work from 9-5:30, alternate on Fridays between leaving at noon or when we close at 4:30. In the summer, I only ride Fri-Sun..even though it is light out longer, the horses are in during the heat of the day, so by the time I get back out to the barn and get the chores done, I am exhausted and too sweaty to ride. Now with the horses out all day and night, I can ride after work. Once it gets dark, I will ride 1 or 2 mornings before work. Have 3 kids..2 are in college. My husband is an engineer based out of the house, so he now takes Amanda everywhere!

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Oct. 6, 2008


    I'm a vet nurse and I work 3 9-10hr days a week. More if I get called in for emergency surgery late at night or over the weekend.

    I'm lucky to have my horses at home on our property, but with other commitements, i'm currently only riding 2-3 days a week. I'm not currently competing or doing anything serious though. Just playing around and enjoying a few rides a week.

    Oh, and i'm married with no children.

    When I was competing, I would ride 6 days a week, most days 2 + horses as I had 2 horses in full work and I was coaching.

  10. #30
    Join Date
    Mar. 19, 2004
    Earlysville, VA


    I am a legal assistant, office manager, general factotem, etc. of a law firm. Base hours are 8:30 to 5:00, but I usually end up working longer hours than that. My family also owns a lesson barn with 18 horses, so I go in the morning before work and then go in the afternoon after work. So I guess you could say I have a full time job and a part time job, and I am tired.

    I am married, with grown children and one grandchild. My husband travels a lot, but quite frankly, couldn't do it all without him.

    I used to try to ride about 3 to 5 times a week, but since my horse died in April, I don't ride anymore.
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  11. #31
    Join Date
    Nov. 23, 2006
    New England


    I teach highschool. Pay certainly isn't the best in the world but CT is a good state to teach in. My pay is comparable or more than most of my friends (my age) in the insurance and private sector industries and I have better benefits. I work from 7am -2:07. I have a meeting once a week on average until 3pm and work till 5:30 one day for extra money. I am home before 3pm 3 or 4 days a week and I have my weekends and summers off. This works out well because it allows me to ride outside in the daylight year round and my horse gets tired of the ring. My schedule also allows me the time to do the barnwork that goes along with our living/boarding arrangement.
    I am married w/o kids for now other than our Golden retriever

  12. #32
    Join Date
    Aug. 25, 2008
    Palatine, IL


    I am the Internet Marketing Coordinator (translation: I run the website and provide whatever other internet/computer services are needed) for a tack store. I work M-F 9:45am-6:15pm, give or take (I could, in theory, come in up to an hour earlier, but I like sleeping in and traffic is better later). When I head straight out to the barn after work I get there a little after 6:45pm, but I am blessed with amazingly nice barn owners and a barn that "closes" at 10pm so I have been known to get there as late as 8:30-9pm on days when I have things to do after work (I try really hard not to do that and to be out by 9:30ish but it doesn't always happen). I tend to go out Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat and/or Sun, but this week I am doing a Tues/Thurs for some unknown reason. My retired mare gets hand grazing by my dad when he comes out, otherwise she gets a feet picking and peppermints. My crazy TB girl gets lunging/riding/playing with the poles depending on my mood and her mood and, of course, peppermints.

  13. #33
    Join Date
    Aug. 7, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV


    I'm a server in a restaurant in Las Vegas. I work 5 nights a week 4:15-midnight. I can take off whenever I want. I live with my boyfriend and two dogs. Neither of us have kids. I'm 27, but I don't think I'll ever have kids.We rent a house and have our three horses at home with us. My boyfriend works the same schedule as me, but in a different restaurant and as a cook(lucky me). We devote Thursdays to trail-riding day, and trailer out somewhere new every thursday. Today we drove 3 hours just to go on a nice trail that we wanted to check out that was only 3 miles long. 2 or 3 days out of the week we try to walk around the neighborhood with the dogs and the pony. The other days I will either ride one horse and pony the other two around the neighborhood, or just sleep in and not ride. Wednesday's I've been trailering the pony out a lot lately trying for extra trail riding. The horses are on free choice hay and we clean their paddock at noon and midnight. I mostly do the noon cleanings and the boyfriend does the midnight cleanings. I also feed them a lunch around noon and we refill water buckets and stuff hay bags at noon and midnight. We have a great life, and I'm very lucky to have a boyfriend that loves the horse as much as I do.


  14. #34
    Join Date
    Oct. 3, 2002
    it's not the edge of the earth, but you can see it from here


    I am an Emergency Communications Specialist. (9-1-1, Police/Fire/EMS Dispatcher) and work 4 x10's (theoretically) 16-02. Before that I did TV News and worked 15-00 x5 (with an hour supper break)

    Those hours allow me to be up and outside during the warmest/brightest part of the day. In deep summer I can adjust my schedule somewhat (get up earlier, then nap later) if I need to ride before 1100 or so.

    Theoretically, I am in bed by 0330, and up by 1030/1100. Gives me 1100-1430ish to do stuff. I leave for work just past 1500.

    The first ten years I would commute to the barn 2 or 3x during the work week (M-w-F or T/th) and go both weekend days. Then I got my own place. The first few years here I got a LOT done during work days. I don't any more. Combination of factors including severe job burnout/stress and some health issues. It's STILL way, way better than trying to do ANYTHING after work. I occasionally work day shifts in my other jobs, and I am always wrecked when I come home, and if I DO manage anything, it's not much. Another week or two it'll be dark by 1700 anyway.

    In winter if I work a day shift I leave in the pitch dark and arrive home past sunset. I HATE that.

    I did try overnights, thinking I could ride at 0630 when I got home, but I really just can't do much other than chores and bed *after* a shift. Even a slow shift. I've no idea how others ride post-work. Perhaps 8hr shifts at less intense jobs... ??? I dunno. Sometimes I'm jealous of you.
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  15. #35
    Join Date
    Dec. 11, 2004


    A scientific government job for me. Married, no kids, but several pets and a house, yard, etc to take care of. My job hours are quite flexible- when I'm in the office it's often ~8-4 b/c of meetings or whatever, but if you have to be out for the vet/farrier, etc it's cool (it helps that I'm at an animal health org, so there are lots of vets and animal friendly people that understand ). I also can work from home 2-3 days/week. This makes getting to the barn extremely easy, esp. b/c I live about 10 min from the barn. I'd say I ride 5 days a week, and am there almost every day for one reason or another.

    For me, it's not the work schedule that gets in the way it's coordinating time for DH so he doesn't feel neglected.

  16. #36
    Join Date
    Jan. 24, 2000
    Out of the loop


    Wow, some of y'all sound like you have fascinating and rewarding work! And how nice to see others in the publishing/editorial business.

    I'm a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. I also do some writing, some layout work, and even some transcription upon occasion. I recently started giving beginner lessons at a local lesson barn to help bring in a few more dollars in this lousy economy, as well. Married, no kids.

    Since moving to SC, I work almost exclusively from home and have my mares in the backyard, so that certainly simplifies my riding/horsecare life. Work waxes and wanes for me, which means that riding can also wax and wane in tandem. I try to make it a priority ... sometimes that means I have to be in the saddle as the sun makes its first appearance of the day. Sometimes that means asking my neighbor nearest my riding area to turn on the floodlights outside his garage so I have a little light to ride by after dark. And sometimes, it just doesn't happen!

    I keep the girls out most of the time, and keep my routines as streamlined as possible. Not only does that save me time, but it makes it easier on the sainted Mr. CH, who will fairly regularly pitch in and feed or pick poop if I am swamped. (He also cooks very well!)
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