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Full-Time Workers, How many horses do you ride?

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  • Full-Time Workers, How many horses do you ride?

    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?
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ¯ Oscar Wilde

  • #2
    I used to be able to keep two horses in work- but now I can ony do one and a half.

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


    • #3
      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.

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      • #4
        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.
        "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

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        • #5
          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.
          "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

          So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."


          • #6
            Ummm...I must be a slacker.

            Half of one is all I can manage!


            • #7
              Originally posted by TrakeGirl View Post
              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.


              • #8
                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.


                • #9
                  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.
                  Originally posted by Sithly
                  do NOT give your 5 year old child a big bag of apples and send her out alone into a herd of 20-some horses to get mobbed. There are better ways to dispose of unwanted children.


                  • #10
                    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!


                    • #11
                      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.
                      Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Janet View Post
                        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.

                        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. : )
                        Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                        • #13
                          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 --
                          "I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM


                          • #14
                            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!


                            • #15
                              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.
                              Veni vidi vici. With a paint pony, nonetheless.


                              • #16
                                I have kept three in full work; now that I have less commuting time I could probably do four.

                                No spouse, no kids though.
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                                • #17
                                  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.


                                  • #18
                                    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).


                                    • #19
                                      I'm tired...

                                      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
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                                      • #20
                                        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!