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  • Spin off: riding in afternoon/evening

    Well sounds like we have heard from the early am crew. So how about the other side of the spectrum? It doesn't work out for me to ride before work. After work I can spend a few hours with my girl. On weekends, I find that when I ride in the afternoon/evening I have something to look forward to all day and it is the highlight of my day!

  • #2
    Me too!

    I've never been able to ride before work/ school back in the day so I'm a perpetual afternoon/evening rider. I don't mind it at all and neither does my horse. It takes me awhile to mentally wake up in the morning and I always have my best exercise sessions at night so it's no surprise to me that the same amount of no-stirrup work comes easier to me in my 5pm weeknight lessons than my 9am weekend ones. I just focus better at night but that's just me! It gives me something to look forward to during the week but I do try to ride earlier on weekends to not interfere with feeding in the afternoon. And it's nice to see everyone on weekends during the prime earlier hours!


    • #3
      I LOVE the occasional 5:30am ride (I read the other thread ) but unfortunately I am not a morning person either. About 1x every 6 months I snap awake at 4:45am but not regularly enough to take advantage of.

      Nowadays I ride around 1:00pm every day. The barn is finished around 12:00pm so by 1:00 it's really quiet and clean. I have the facility pretty much to myself. I can ride both horses and be done by about 4:00pm, before the "afternoon" riders get there.

      (I am still unemployed after a year, while it's hard not to have the income I am attempting to FULLY take advantage of late mornings at home and long afternoons at the barn! Once I'm back to FT employment I won't have these opportunities so I am trying to enjoy them.)
      A quick tutorial on interval training: Conditioning your horse for eventing


      • #4
        I'm SOOO not a morning person. I just don't function well before about 8am. Right now I generally work 12:30 - 9:30, so I ride about 10:00 am. On the days that I don't work I ride in the afternoon or early evening.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Mukluk View Post
          On weekends, I find that when I ride in the afternoon/evening I have something to look forward to all day and it is the highlight of my day!
          Me too!!!! The nights I had lessons I would leave work mentally chanting "I get to go horseback riding, I get to go horseback riding!" A few times I've paid the price for riding at the end of a hard day - zero energy, blah - but mostly the prospect of riding perks me right up. I've only ridden in the morning a few times, and I wasn't too into it - I'm a night owl, I tend to be groggy and shocked until roughly noon.


          • #6
            Totally not a morning person either. Though I occaisionally ride in the wee morning hours, it's definitely under duress!

            My ideal is riding in the morning, but by "morning" I mean 8 or 9, NOT 4 or 5! But since I have to have a "real life" to support my seemingly ever-increasing collection of equines, I much more frequently ride in the evenings. And I much prefer riding at the end of the day when there's no stress to get cleaned up and as horsey-smelling-free as possible in a short amount of time for work!
            Flying F Sport Horses
            Horses in the NW


            • #7
              I'm definitely prefer riding in the afternoon, once work and class is done because I don't have to watch the clock to make sure I'm running on time. I'm done when I'm done, not when the clock says it's time to go.
              Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


              • #8
                I got to the barn at 7pm tonight to ride. We have quite the evening crew of people who are riding after work. The barn closes at 9pm.


                • #9
                  I am an afternoon/evening rider because of work. I agree with the poster that said she had something to look forward to when riding after work. It puts a bad day at work for me to "right" and completely decompresses my head. I'm very lucky that my boy has a wonderful work ethic and is happy to please. Throwing a leg over the saddle and heading out is an "AHHHHH" moment that makes an intense day at work melt out of my head.
                  Last edited by Outfxed; Oct. 15, 2009, 05:41 AM. Reason: Can't spell this early in the AM!
                  Lost in the Land of the Know It Alls


                  • #10
                    Night riders...

                    Originally posted by Wonders12 View Post
                    I'm definitely prefer riding in the afternoon, once work and class is done because I don't have to watch the clock to make sure I'm running on time. I'm done when I'm done, not when the clock says it's time to go.

                    I love riding at night after work! The only time I wonder about my sanity is in the deep winter when it means that riding at night means 10-degrees above zero or less!

                    The many plusses include:

                    Empty arenas, empty roads, empty trails.
                    Watching the sun go down and the stars come out on horseback.
                    A quiet barn with all those lovely night noises coming from contented beasties.

                    How many other folks get to end their hectic days on the back of a horse? Sometimes I look around a meeting in the office and smile to myself - I get to ride when this is all over, and you don't!!
                    Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.


                    • #11
                      I start work at 6:00AM...finish at 3:30 with every other Friday off (gov't compressed work weeks are good things).

                      I can get to the barn by 4:40. A pain when the time changes and it's dark by then, but sure leaves tons of time to ride during 8 months of the year.
                      "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"


                      • #12
                        I finish work at 3:30 but usually am so tired that I don't make it to the barn until 5. I'm an evening person. I'd love to go ride around 8pm but no outdoor lights make that impossible.
                        "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


                        • #13
                          I get off work at 3:30. If the horses are turned out, they don't usually come in until about 4:30 so I may do an errand first to kill time (I don't like getting in the barn workers way as they are trying to bring in/feed/finish up). If the horses didn't go outside, I go right after work & can be on by 4:15.

                          Weekends are different. I like going in the morning. Especially in the summer--I will go & be on about 8 just to be done before it's hot. Turn out is roughly 9 AM so if I don't get there before that or let the barn know, my horse goes in a 10 acre pasture & he's not going to let me catch him that fast.
                          "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"


                          • #14
                            Usually don't ride on days I work so can ride whenever. But have come to like riding at two, specific times that work for me and with my barn's lesson and training schedual.

                            Around 1pm when the stall and general cleaning is wrapped up, training rides are about done or on the easier ones less prone to dramatics (they do those likley to be difficult first) and most of the barn staff is at lunch. Have the whole place to myself with just a pro rider to share the ring with-or nobody. No wait for cross ties or wash rack, no tripping over kids. Plus is I can get alot of serious work done. Minus is it can be lonely and hard to get motivated, especially days when it's too hot, too cold or just rainy and dreary.

                            Around 3 to 4pm so I have company. Plus is I can chat and it's easier to stay motivated. Minuses are obvious and, in the winter? It can turn into bowling for Ponies.
                            When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                            The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                            • #15
                              If I lived closer to the barn, I'd be tempted to take advantage of riding early. Unfortunately, I live 45 minutes away, so riding early just isn't an option. Plus, I have to commute into DC which takes an hour from my house by metro, so it won't work at all. I do like getting up early for horse shows and the like. It's kind of nice to have the rest of the day to do whatever I want to. I guess I could get up early on weekends, but that's the only chance I have to sleep in.

                              I kind of like riding later in the day. Usually there aren't many lessons going on so I get the arena to myself. There are typically people around, though, which makes me feel safer when riding my more "sensitive" horse just in case something happens. During the week, I'm usually riding at around 7:30-8:00 p.m. because by the time I commute back to my car at the metro and then commute to the barn, I don't get there until 7:00 p.m. at the earliest. If I'm lucky, I can ride both horses, but during the week I usually have to choose one or the other because otherwise it gets to be too late. Right now my schedule is to ride both horses on Fri., Sat., and Sun., and then ride one each on Tues. and Wed. nights. That way they both get ridden 4 days a week, which isn't too bad. Once I move closer to the barn, I'll try to up it so that they're both being ridden 5-6 days a week.
                              "I was not expecting the park rangers to lead the resistance, none of the dystopian novels I read prepared me for this but cool."


                              • #16
                                Definitely not a morning person, and compound it by a Washington D.C. commute. The farm is about 40 minutes south of DC without traffic, could easily be 2 hours with traffic in the a.m., and I don't live directly between the two so I have no simple way of stopping home and showering. It's much easier to deal with the commute after work, when at least I'm not trying to rush to be on time to work.
                                They're small hearts.


                                • #17
                                  Totally not a morning person, and my barn doesn't open until 7:30am anyway & I have to leave for work at 6:30am so it really doesn't matter! I get home from my new job now at 6pm (it used to be 5pm...sigh) so I run out for my 6:30pm lessons on Mon & Tuesday nights & then give my girl Wed & Thursday's off. I sometimes will ride after work on Friday nights (unless it's a day off & then it's a mid morning ride). Sat & Sundays, I'm a mid morning rider!
                                  Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!


                                  • #18
                                    I ride in the evenings after work. I usually get to the barn around 5:30 by the time I change and get ready, I'm on my horse by 6pm. In the summer its not so bad and the winter/fall we have lights and they are bright enough to ride at midnight if I had to. I like my time in the evening because other working professionals (with the same situation I'm in - trying to give their horse as much time as possible) are out riding. The school kids are usually gone by the time I get there. Riding after work is a great stress relief that I look forward to everyday! I know my horse will be there if I've had a bad day!
                                    Dear life, please send grapes. Sincerely, I prefer wine over lemonade.


                                    • #19
                                      I would like to ride early, but it doesn't work with my work schedule. On the weekends when I don't work I often ride first thing.

                                      But during the week I ride after work. During the summer I go out to the barn right after work to ride outside in the daylight, and as the days get shorter I'll sneak out of work earlier and really push the "dusk" riding to its limit.

                                      But in the winter when it's just as cold and dark at 5 pm as it is at 9 pm, I'll often ride quite late in the evening since I'll be riding inside no matter when I ride and it is quieter in the ring during the later hours. My barn closes at 10 pm and I'm often the last one out closing up as I leave right at 10. I don't LOVE riding alone, but the hubs and I have a phone-call system and the barn is only 10 minutes away so he can come down if he's worried about me.

                                      Plus when it's SUPER cold out, I'll just come out and longe or free longe to let him stretch his legs when it's too cold to ride him.
                                      Originally posted by tidy rabbit
                                      Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.


                                      • #20
                                        I am an evening rider as well. My schedule doesn't allow for morning rides, although I am a morning person and feel I would do well if I had the time.

                                        I usually get to the barn about 7-7:30 and head out around 9-9:30. My trainer is nice enough to stay out late so that I can lesson.