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  • Daylight Savings Time strategies

    Those of you with full time jobs, weekdays, how do you change your routine in order to fit in regular riding this time of year? Eventing sort of has fall and spring seasons, traditionally, because this time of year was seasonally the best for galloping and hard work due to weather and footing....so I want to find out what everyone else is doing to cope with darkness in pm and a heavy duty squish for time in am....every year I plan to fit in so much riding and work and pretty much fail, so I want to know what everyone else does!
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  • #2
    Decided to go in debt putting in my ring with lights because I got sick of missing the best time of year to ride

    Before the lights, I changed my work schedule and made sure I was at work early so I could leave and get home earlier. I also rode the horses first before I fed and did the rest of the barn chores. I minimize my grooming routine by keeping the horses covered with some sort of blankets so I don't waste time scraping off mud.

    I would ride the silliest horses first while I still had a bit of daylight and then ride the quietest last using a headlamp so I could see where I was going.

    It wasn't to hard to have the lights put up in our ring. We got free telephone poles, trenches the lines ourself, laid down the pipe and then rented a lift truck to attach the lights to the poles. Later the electrician wired them all in one day for under $1k. I just have 4 poles but it lights the 100x200 area up well enough to jump which is all that I wanted.


    • #3
      I ride in the dark.

      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


      • #4
        I ride in the morning- short commute, and living on the east side of the time zone it gets light early. I do run into frozen footing problems though as it gets colder, and then I go to work early and take a long lunch. I don't ride in the dark!


        • #5
          Ditto Hilary, go into work at o'dark hundred (but I don't have horses at home, so no am barn work) and then take long lunch during warmest part of day and work way into the dark in the evening.

          Of course, I also board at a barn with a big indoor, so have options, but this is a fairly recent occurence
          Last edited by scubed; Oct. 29, 2010, 12:56 PM.
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          • #6
            I'm fortunate enough to board where there's an indoor and a huge outdoor with lights.

            Since my horse hates the indoor with a passion, I reserve riding in there for only the coldest temps and worst weather.

            Most evenings I ride in the lighted outdoor.

            On weekends, I get out in the fields, on trails, or trailer out to do hillwork (it's totally flat where I board).

            The headlamp idea is genius. One of my fellow boarders used one to find her way from the barn to the indoor since the road isn't lighted. I'm definitely getting one this year!


            • #7
              I am a senior in highschool, but was ahead on my credits so I take two college classes online (one is in a class after dark once a week). I'm home all day so I feed from 6:00AM, home by 8:30. I work on school work til about 12-2 and then I do all the horse's excersize. I feed around 6:30, but it's getting dark at 6:00 now so I might have to feed earlier.

              My situation is ideal, and I'm so grateful for it.


              • #8
                Originally posted by LaLuna View Post
                I am a senior in highschool, but was ahead on my credits so I take two college classes online (one is in a class after dark once a week). I'm home all day so I feed from 6:00AM, home by 8:30. I work on school work til about 12-2 and then I do all the horse's excersize. I feed around 6:30, but it's getting dark at 6:00 now so I might have to feed earlier.

                My situation is ideal, and I'm so grateful for it.
                Good for you! Not only have you worked ahead in school, but you recognize what a great situation you have and are grateful for it. Love your attitude!


                • #9
                  Yeah, if I only I didn't slack off Freshman year. I could be doing college full time right now >.

                  I don't know how I would manage the horses if I was still in school. I do self care so it's very hard to be away for more than 6 hours at a time. Especially with a horse on stall rest.


                  • #10
                    Bully my boss into recognizing 10:30 is a perfectly acceptable time to come into work so I can ride in the morning and have a barn owner who's a bit OCD about footing, so the arena is treated with mag chloride and dragged every couple of days.

                    The combination means I can see and the arena has footing soft enough for serious work.



                    • #11
                      Regular riding during the week only happens on my day off. There is simply no way around it with my schedule, so I accept it, the horses have some down-time, and I'm that much happier when the days get longer.

                      Normally my morning barn chores are VERY quick: throw hay, check that all are standing on four legs, make sure there's water, go. I do the main barn work after I get home in the evening. It's just as dark at 7am here as it is at 5pm in the winter, so it really makes no difference.

                      Hoping that the days of hand-walking are soon over so I don't have to stumble around in the dark, knowing the horse is still attached only because he has white spots here and there!
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                      • #12
                        So I too am riding in the dark. I can only take it a couple of nights a week. We have a little lighting off the barn, but it is basically dark. Currently I am doing dressage work. Lots of 20 meter circles. I only last about 25 minutes. Thinking the horsey must be getting as dizzy as I am!

                        Would love to hear other ideas about how to keep going and motivated. I have a corporate job with little flexibility so if I want to ride 4 or 5 times a week I have to ride in the dark. Can not afford the indoor (and they make me a little crazy if you ride in them too much).

                        I get cranky with the dark. But crankier with no riding! At least it has been warm in the NE lately. Not battling the Cold and Dark...yet.


                        • #13
                          No reason you can't do double workouts on the weekend, really, assuming you have time and sufficient motivation. Ride twice on Saturday and Sunday, and you've got four rides in for the week. Ride once more during the week and the horse is getting plenty of riding.
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                          • #14
                            No strategies---just depression once daylight savings time kicks in. Like DW said--it's dark when we go to work and dark when we leave work. Now if I were unemployed, I could ride between 9 and 4 . . . but then couldn't pay for my horses. Ahhh, the conundrum.

                            I board where they have an indoor. I just accept that I will only be able to ride outside on the weekends. The footing here gets too wet or icy or snow covered to make lights in an outdoor useful for more than a few weeks a year. I work on dressage, set up cavaletti's we have some casual in-barn clinics.


                            • #15
                              I was just starting to stress about this then work got really crazy and now i am traveling each week mon-thursday (sometime Friday).

                              So right now I am only riding on the weekend. I have to say both horses are doing greatly. They live out 24X7 so I don't have to worry about stiffness from staying in. If i have Friday, Sat, Sunday they both work 3 days and can work hard on those three days. If I only have Sat and Sunday, then its just two day.

                              But I have to say, both horses are doing great. I think they are not carrying any residual muscle soreness from ride to ride. And i find that when i get on both are very ready to go to work and not burnt out at all.

                              I think this winter I am going to take the approach that I am doing great if I can get 3 days a week in and maybe my horses will be refreshed for it. Doesn't seem to be hurting them at all to only be ridden 2-3 days a week.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Janet View Post
                                I ride in the dark.
                                ditto and just love the moonlit nights...actually, with my one security light, the arena is fine for flatwork. Am letting the grass grow in it right now, and am getting it resanded in the spring. You're going to be in Aiken for at least a couple of weeks this winter, retread, so you can ride in the DAYTIME!!!

                                just checked and I have a week til the time changes...why start stressing now?
                                Last edited by RunForIt; Oct. 30, 2010, 09:30 PM.
                                ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                                • #17
                                  I also ride with a caver's headlight when i am unable to ride during the daylight hours. Im sill in college so i actually pick my class schedule based around riding :/ if its mid day monday thats an automatic no-no as thats lesson day haha! but in the winter i do a lot of light hacking on the gravel driveway (mostly walk and a little trot) and as i dont have a ring i trailer to a local barn that has an indoor/outdoor a few days a week so i can get some real work in...
                                  winter sucks.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by slp2 View Post
                                    No strategies---just depression once daylight savings time kicks in.
                                    Huh? Daylight savings time is about to END, not "kick in".

                                    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                                    • #19
                                      Suck it up and only ride 3 days a week - my day off and the weekends. I figure that's why God made winter - give everyone some time off and to appreciate how much nicer the rest of the year is


                                      • #20
                                        Next weekend Miss Horsey moves to a barn with ..... LIGHTS. This will be really really nice. The past two years I have had to do with no lights just the occasional full moon. At my job I have the option of working 4 10's but so far I have not bothered. It would be rough to work 4 10's but I would have 3 full days off. So I still think about it. Ultimately I hope to win the lottery so I don't have to have a "normal" job. Guess I should start buying tickets.