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  • Spin-off: How long does it take to "do your horse"

    This is a spin-off question from the thread about barn hours.

    On the days I ride, it takes me a minimum of 2.5 hourse from time I get to the barn to the time I leave. So the working stiffs among us have a full plate. If I ride after work, I never mean to have riding take up my whole night, but invariably the promise to leave by 7 gets broken.

    If I do anything more than flat, this takes longer.

    Other people's time estimates for the minimal, no-frills ride?
    The armchair saddler
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  • #2
    I ride in the mornings before work... On full service I can be in and out in 45-50 minutes- with about 35-40 minutes of riding if I need to be. When I tack myself, it's about 1:20 minimum at the barn to get the same 35 minute ride.

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    • #3
      I would say about 2 hours/horse including tacking up/cooling out but not including things like bathing or other extra care which would take longer. I would say there is no way I could get in and out of the barn in under 4 hours for a minimal no frills ride on both horses. I usually feel pretty rushed on school days when I have class from 10-3...I don't usually leave the barn before 7 or 8pm on those days and that is with no frills.

      On the weekends when I don't also have to work I will generally arrive around 9 am and not leave until 7 or 8 pm....5 of those hours are usually spent on my horses then I'll either ride a few for my BO, help her out with projects around the barn or just hang out and chat (I'm lucky in that she's one of my best friends).

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      • #4
        For the last several years I've been stuck with 2 hours to get as many horses ridden as I possibly can (that's how long my kids usually nap for). So I've been getting everyone cleaned up and ridden in that time. Usually I can get 3 horses done (2 ridden and one of the greenies lunged/long lined).

        When I boarded at a barn it took me a lot longer just because of the social aspect of it. Now that I've got them at home it typically takes me ~20 minutes from walking out of the house to sitting on my first horse (I've got feeding/moving tasks I do before I start riding, which takes ~10 minues). If I'm just riding one and skip my mid-day feeding tasks, I can typically finish everything in an hour. And if I'm only working one of the green ones I can usually finish up in 30-45 minutes.
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        • #5
          riding wise:
          Flat usually no more than 25-30 minutes. (starts by walking, then trot on a loose rein both directions. Pick up rein, start doing circles, lengthening and shortening. Sit trot and start lateral work. Canter. Work canter into lateral work. Practice doing lead changes to the counter canter on a straight line.)
          Lesson means about an hour of riding time.

          Grooming/Care wise- I'm on full board but I'll always polish my boots after riding and try to organize a few things. And I ALWAYS make sure to go and spend a few moments quality time with my horse.

          Total time: about an hour and a half-2 hours.

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          • #6
            Well, when I was working in NYC and Princeton, I gave myself the gift of grooming board! That was a DREAM... my horses were happy... and I was in and out in 45 mins, if I was just doing one... or about an hour and half for 2! Especially, if I gave them a ballpark time of arrival! If I'm not lessoning... I'm usually doing the "deluxe hack" of 20-25 mins. Both of mine were pretty well-schooled... so unless we were having a particularly naughty or feisty day... it was really just a matter of keeping us both stretched out and in top form. Best extra $300 a month I've ever spent! I looked at it this way, when I was working in NYC... I had limited days to make it out there... so I knew that my kids were being groomed and fussed over for about 30 mins a day regardless of whether I was there... so it reassured me that they were getting some TLC even when I was MIA!

            When I wasn't on grooming board, probably about an hour and half for each... give or take. In the winter... maybe a bit less... and the summer a bit more, since I was usually hosing off after we were done.

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            • #7
              I usually figure on 1-1/2 hours to ride one horse, depending on how far I have to walk to bring him in from his field. Any extras like bathing, clipping, mane pulling, or hand grazing add extra time.

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              • #8
                20 minutes of turn out or lunge if needed
                15 minutes to brush and tack up
                1 hour of riding (includes arena work and walking around the stable for a cool down)
                15 minutes of horsey in a sunning pen while I clean the stall (my barn cleans stalls but I still have to do it too)
                20 minutes of grooming/hosing off
                5 minutes to get supplements ready

                This seems to be my normal routine.
                Owned by an Oldenburg

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                • #9
                  2 1/2 hrs to groom, tack up, ride, cool down/hose off and let dry.

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                  • #10
                    Same as OP, 2 and 1/2 hours to groom, tack-up, ride, cool-out or hose down, hand graze a little, and put back in stall or turnout.

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                    • #11
                      30 minutes to catch horse, get my stuff together, groom and tack up (a little less if he's already in).

                      30-45 minutes of riding (includes warm up and cool down) ~ maybe closer to 1 hour on the weekends if I walk around the property or want to work on something a little bit more.

                      30-45 minutes to un-tack, do carrot stretches, groom, turn horse back out (if needed), wipe my stuff down and put everything away.

                      So about 1.5 to 2 hours. For one horse.

                      I do all the extra stuff on the weekends when I have more time (i.e. re-fill supplement bag, clip/trim/pull mane, bathe, organize and tidy up my things, etc.) So I'm there probably closer to 2.5 to 3 hours on some weekends. Especially when the weather turns nice (Spring & Fall).

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                      • #12
                        I live close (under 10 mins) to the barn, so this helps. But, if I arrive at the barn at 6 p.m., which is normal, and just do a basic grooming and hack, I can be home by 7:30 p.m. If I spend more extensive time with him, or have a lesson, it's usually 8:30-8:45 p.m., before I get home.

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                        • #13
                          I'm at a part-care facility now, but only five minutes from my house. My routine of cleaning stall (15-20), grooming (10-15), riding (30-45), cool/brush out (20-25) is generally about 1.5-2 hrs. Depends on whether she's out or if the stall is messier than other days. At the full care facility, which was 20 minutes away, I would be about an hour to 1.5 hours at the barn.
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                          • #14
                            I can typically do the 2 I ride in about 3-3.5 hours. One is my green bean and the other is my trainers older gelding who just needs to stay fit. I head to the barn straight from work to get there around 5:30. I do quick grooming before I get on and a more thorough job afterwards.
                            Horse A:
                            10-20 min lunge (depending on the day)
                            20-30 ride/ cool out (he's currently doing walk trot)
                            15 min to untack, stick him in his stall to let his sweat marks dry off.
                            Total: about 1 hr 10mins max.
                            That puts me at 6:40pm

                            Horse B:
                            Tack up: 10-15 mins
                            Ride (and cool out): 35-45
                            untack: 10 mins.
                            Total:
                            1 hr 10 mins or 7:50pm.

                            I then go groom my greenie while horse B is drying off and then finish horse B after my horse is put away. Not ideal, but it works for the 3 days after work i ride. I spend much more time grooming, grazing, cleaning tack etc on Sat and Sun but I feel like 8:30 is late enough to get home on a week night, so I do the "quick and dirty" version during the week.
                            Last edited by Jersey Fresh; Mar. 30, 2009, 01:59 PM.
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                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              Thanks for the stats

                              Judging from your replies, I can tell that I'm not way out of line.

                              I was wondering because I train my horse myself and have reason to wonder whether or not I spend enough time on his back to get as fit as we should and progress the way we should.

                              I think that if I really did it right, I'd spend even more time on warm-up and things like cold hosing afterward. It's tough to be the trainer, groom and financier all in one!
                              The armchair saddler
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                              • #16
                                About two hours per horse. This includes my pee breaks, gossiping with friends and cleaning tack. We have a groom, but I do my own horses. If I have to hose off, I stick around to put blankets on a dry horse so the groom doesn't have to do it. I can ride in the middle of the day when it's less busy at the barn.
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                                • #17
                                  I work at the barn so I don't entirely know how much time I actually spend on my ride because everything just kind of runs together! I'd say that grooming/tacking up, riding, and then untacking/grooming/turning out takes me about 90 minutes for about a 1 hour ride. I've got lesson horses to groom and tack, so I'm exceptionally good at the speed groom. If I have the time (like on Saturday afternoons) I'll spend between 2-2.5 hours on my boy. I can do everything in under 1 hour if need be, but I don't really like to rush if I don't have to.

                                  And one of our other instructors, who rides those that need work or a little training, can do 2 horses in less than an hour. Including grooming herself. She only rides each for about 20 minutes, but it's 20 minutes of good solid schooling and it works well for the ones she rides on a regular basis. Even the three year old.
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                                  • #18
                                    That's about the same for me...

                                    Originally posted by EAY View Post
                                    I usually figure on 1-1/2 hours to ride one horse, depending on how far I have to walk to bring him in from his field. Any extras like bathing, clipping, mane pulling, or hand grazing add extra time.
                                    Ditto. If I drive to ride one for a friend, that is an additional 1/2 hr each way travel time and the walk to her paddocks are longer....

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                                    • #19
                                      My minimum time seems to be 2 hours from arrival to departure:
                                      30 min - get horse, groom, tack up
                                      45 min - ride (flatwork only)
                                      45 min - untack, groom, put up horse, clean tack, sweep tie stall area

                                      Usually it's closer to 2.5 hours, with a full hour of riding plus more time spent grooming.

                                      Add a 30 minute (no traffic) or 45-55 minute (traffic) commute and I'm looking at 3.5 hours easily. There's no way I could ride at barn that closed at 6, or even 7pm, really. My barn closes at 10pm but I'm often the last one out at 8:30-9pm.

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                                      • #20
                                        Two hours for the one at home. Generally 2 1/2 for the one at my trainer's, who requires much longer in the tack.
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