My guys are 10 miles from work and 12 from home. I never hit traffic because of my work hours so its like 15 minutes from either location. I am out there 6 days a week, and will probably be doing 7 again since the new guy really needs at least turn out on his off day. I used to drive about an hour in traffic to my guys before I moved. It was a royal pain as I was doing that 7 days a week and to top it off my guys were at 2 places that were 15 minutes apart. I was very happy when I moved back home and they were together again.
I go 4-6 times a week, sometimes less, now that I have a half-lessee.
There's no really direct route from work, and there's only one way really from home. The care and quality of the instruction more than makes up for the drive. At least that's what I tell myself when I'm approaching hour 2 in traffic
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I really don't LIKE being more than 15-20 min from my horses--mostly because of emergencies. If there's an emergency, I want to be able to get there.
Also, I hate driving.
I have kept my horses as far as 1 hour away and as close as 5 min. When they were an hour away, I only got to go 1-2 times a week depending on my work schedule. (I also had one horse close to home self care..so my time was split)
For the last year..until Dec 1, they were 5 min away from home, 15 min away from work. That rocked. I was out pretty much every day. I could afford to just go out and groom or give 'em a quick pat because it was only 10 min of driving.
Now that they're about an hour away again, I can't really rationalize going to see them just to give a pat and a treat if I'm short on time. The care is awesome though, so when I DO go--once a week--I am greeted with happy, healthy critters.
I think the main thing that's important to me is that the horses are well cared for. The rest I personally can deal with.
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17 miles from doorstep to work primary job. 23 miles to job #2, 27 miles to job #3, 15 miles to job #4.
And the horses are 75 feet from the back door. (hence the jobs numbers 2, 3 & 4. )
I do travel 5 hrs one way with the trailer for lessons. I would wish to live closer to good instruction, but my farm is AMAZING and my mortgage is about 1/3 of all my coworker's RENTS in the area. So the price I pay for beauty and affordibility is travel.
The barn is about 30 miles away, and takes me 45 minutes each way, stretching to one hour in winter sometimes (it is flat farm country and there is lots of blowing snow).
I'm on full board. If the temps are rideable I'll go out 3 or 4 times a week in winter. During the recent cold snap (too cold to ride), I got out at least once every 4 days or so to groom. In summer, I go nearly every day.
Last edited by Vesper Sparrow; Jan. 21, 2009 at 02:54 PM.
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Andy, OTTB mare, 1984-2011. I miss you already, girl!
When I boarded, the farthest we traveled was 1h+, about 60 miles each way, 3-5 days a week.
To justify the distance, all I can say is I rode a heckuva lot more then because the trip was all about riding.
Now that my boys are at home and I am the feeder/stall cleaner/fence mender/etcetera - I ride less.
Especially in cold weather when I become the Queen of Excuses Not to Ride
When it's nice out I ride one or both a couple times a week.
Present distance to barn: 250'
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60 miles flat (each way), which can take me anywhere from 1hr 5min to 3+hours, depending on traffic. *Sigh* During the "winter" (aka Standard time), I can only get out there on weekends to ride. Summer (aka Daylight Savings time), I try to go 4-5 days/week. It's too long a drive to justify a pat, but if there is work to be done, then I'll go (even during the week, as the barn is lit, but the arena is not).
It's a bit far, yes, but my horses get to be out 24/7, and the care is absolutely amazing. Now if only I could convince them to move the whole barn when I move this summer or fall...
Last edited by pattnic; Jan. 21, 2009 at 02:54 PM.
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normally 42 miles each way. Thanks to the morons who are responsible for organizing St. Louis area construction, a major portion of a major highway has been shut for a year and continues this year, requiring me to go some miles out of my way (as well as have to deal with increased traffic) adding $$$ and time to the trip (figure 50 miles each way, about an hour plus).
I go every day, and drive 50 mph on cruise control to minimize gas usage. I only don't go if I am out of town, I am too sick to drive, some other function (ie a visiting speaker) conflicts, or the weather precludes (temps below 20, ice storms, bliazzrds) - but still, I am there 7 days a week most weeks.
For this barn, it is absolutely, absolutely worth it.
Last edited by DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho"; Jan. 21, 2009 at 04:05 PM.
Hmmn- about an hour (50 miles) each way not during rush hour. I won't do it during rush hour if I can help it. I go out 3 days a week- he is semi-retired and gets groomed extra besides what I do. His quality of life is much better than anything closer to me could provide. That is what I decided was best for him and for my mind!!!
When I do go see him I combine errands- grocery shop, drug store, library, gas up.
Fortunately I live right near work, which is a 20 minute walk each way, so other than going to the barn I pretty much don't drive.
Currently I drive about 15 minutes each way. I like to go out 3-4 times a week, usually I ride each time but if it the weather isn't cooporating or I don't have time then I'll just go groom him. Recently I've only been able to get out 1-2 times a week due to a ton of school work that I've had to do.
When I first bought him I was driving 30 mintes each way (or often times 40 minutes, because going there was during rush hour) 5 days a week because I worked at the barn. I rode him once in the year I owned him.... so anytime I went to the barn it was to work and if I had extra time on the weekends I'd groom him.
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