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What time do you get home from the barn during the week?

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  • #21
    I can either go to the barn from work at 5-ish (40-60 minute drive to barn), in which case I get home around 9, or I can go home and have dinner with my family and then go to barn, in which case I get home around 10:30. If I go home, I will get sucked into the black hole of chauffeuring kids, fussing over the much-beloved geriatric dog, sorting the mail, being a supportive spouse, etc. so usually not able to ride on those nights, though I usually run out to the barn (26 minute drive) to give the fella a pat, groom, worry about why he isn't eating his grain, etc.

    Working full time, kids, spouse, commuting, and horse makes things alittle crazy (for me). It's not sustainable, but I just don't want to give up the horse thing.


    • #22
      Depends on the season. I have a minimum of an hour drive, depending on traffic.

      In fall and spring when the sun goes down early I race to get up there about 3:30, and tack up like the pony express to get an outside ride in before it gets dark. Do a better curry/brush after. And since it is cool and I don't have to wash him and wait for him to dry, I get home about 6:30 or 7:00.

      When I am stuck in the indoor for the winter, and in the summer when I enjoy the late light, I get there 5ish, get home 9:00 or 10:00. I can avoid the kiddy/pony crown that way too. (Nice kids but I work with kids all day and need a break.)

      DH totally understands. He is a former marathoner who still works out 2 or 3 hours a day.


      • #23
        I'm not done at work until 5:30 or later (no flexibility due to the type of deadlines/product). I bring clothes to change so I don't have to go home in between. It's half an hour one way to the barn. Usually it's the late 8 PM hour or after 9 PM when I get home.


        • #24
          I finish work at 5pm. At the horses by 5:20 and on by about 5:40. We are heading into winter, and although I have lights there is no indoor, so it is getting a bit chilly now so I ride for about 30-40mins. So off by about 6:20. By the time I finish up it is about 6:45 and I have a 5 min drive home.

          I am lucky to live in a country town so everything is close. The above would never worked if I still lived in Sydney and had to travel 45min each way on a good traffic day.


          • #25
            I'm so incredibly lucky to have my guy boarded a mere 15 min away. On days I work morning shift I'm at the barn a bit before 5 and home by 7:30 or so. When I work evenings I'm at the barn by 10:30am and back for 1 in time to chill out a bit before getting ready for work.

            I'm equally lucky to have a self sufficient hubby and no children! Just a lemon of a kitty.


            • #26
              I usually get to the barn around 5:15 +/- 15 min after work. Tack and ride 6-7, Clean up, leave the barn between 8 and 8:15, get home between 9:15 and 9:30. Then I spend until about 11:00 with my elderly father (too complex of a system to do it justice on this thread). I'm chronically sleep deprived.

              The BO's bought their own property and we're scheduled to move soon. It will cut 15 minutes off my commute from work and a good 25 minutes off my drive home. It doesn't sound like a lot but I can't wait.
              "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple” – Barry Switzer


              • #27
                I didn't vote because my horses are at home. I still don't get "home" from the barn until about 6 or 7 usually. I can't imagine getting off of work at a normal hour (5ish) and commuting a far distance daily to and fro. That's commitment!


                • #28
                  I sometimes don't leave school until 7 p.m. And I tend to get anxious when I think I won't get enough sleep, so heading to the barn during the week is really hard for me. I have discovered that going home first is not a good idea because there is always something that pops up and turns into a time sucker.

                  If I could just get my husband's transportation issues fixed, I would have my car back for my dedicated use. Then I would leave school by 5 p.m. three days a week, be on by 5:45-ish and home by 7:45.


                  • #29
                    I'm also lucky that I can work pretty flexible hours, on barn days I put in 8-9 hours and work longer days when I don't go to the barn

                    On barn days I'm either..
                    1. at work by 6am and leave by 3pm to avoid traffic (45 min commute 35 miles to barn from dowtown)
                    at barn and changed by 4pm
                    Leave around 6pm
                    Home at 6:30pm (24 miles - 35 min commute)
                    2. at barn by 6am
                    leave by 8am (45 min commute into downtown)
                    Changed and at my desk by 9am
                    Leave work at 6pm
                    Home by 6:20pm!


                    • #30
                      I don’t commute to the barn (keep horses at home). However, I voted 8-9 because that’s what time I get in after I get home, change clothes, ride, clean tack, do whatever chores need to be done associated with the horses, groom the two I’m not riding, etc. If I don’t ride, it’s around 6:00.

                      I applaud those of you who have long commutes and find time to ride and keep everything organized. That takes a lot of effort.
                      Last edited by seabreeze; May. 16, 2019, 08:53 AM.
                      "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch


                      • #31
                        I am pretty lucky, this winter I moved my horses and started a new job. The barn is about 5 mins from my house and about 2 from work. I will go visit and do blanket changes on my lunch. But, I don't get off work till 4:30, and most days I have other things going on, so I don't ride on evenings a lot. When I have time I will do a quick lunge, and grooming session. The barn closes at 8, so no matter what I do, I have to be gone by then.

                        As a kid, the closet barn was over 45 mins away from my home, and the school was about an hour. I would have to take the bus home, then meet my mom who got off work at about the same time, then we would go to the barn together. Most nights we didn't get home until about 10pm. I am so lucky that my mom put in so much effort and time to get me to the barn.


                        • #32
                          I don't go into work until 2pm, so I ride around 11:00am and get to enjoy the sun year round. Second shift is a wonderful thing if you're a horse owner.
                          "Do what you can't do"


                          • #33
                            I worked a compressed schedule (730a-430p 4 days a week, 730a-330p/off alternating weeks for remaining day) barn was an hour away on a good day, hour and half to two hours on a bad day, especially if it rained. If all the stars aligned, I could get home around 9, but there were plenty of nights I got home around 10-1030. If I had stayed on at that job we were talking about boarding close to work/home and trailering to my trainers, still would have 1-2 long nights a week but then I chose to go back to grad school so its all moot


                            • #34
                              I'm usually the one shutting the lights off in the barn when I leave.

                              Work days - I get home from work at about 5:40, have a quick snack, put in contact lenses and get changed. Try to be walking out the door for about 6:15. Half hour drive to the barn so I would arrive around 6:45/7pm. On days when I have to work the next morning I only ride one horse, but then have to grab the second one to feed, so I'm not usually driving away much before 10. On nights when I don't have to get up early the next morning, I try to ride both horses. I'm usually hopping on the second one around 9:30, ride 30-40 minutes, leave the barn between 10:30 and 11.

                              I could go straight from work, which would get me out to the barn about 45 minutes earlier. Home is between work and the barn, and I don't like wearing my contacts to work, so I prefer to stop off at home. Plus it keeps me from stopping for fast food on the way.


                              • #35
                                I voted between 9-10 pm, although that depends on the time of year. During the busy season at work I generally don't get to the barn before 6:30. At the moment I have 2 horses to ride, the world's best baby WB and my TB. I can get them both done in about 3 hours if I don't putter around chatting with people and if there are no issues to work through during the rides (I'm looking at you, sassy older baby WB would NEVER have your opinions). Work to home is about a 15-20 minute commute and home to barn is 20-25 minutes. I stop at home in between to change, get a snack, and pick up the dog. During the fall/winter I don't normally work past 5 p.m. and I only have one horse to ride, so I'm at the barn by 6, usually home around 8 or so.

                                I try to save any extra stuff like tack cleaning/mane pulling/clipping etc. for Sundays, when I do morning barn chores and end up being there for 5-6 hours. And that's usually when I plan to have a more intensive ride since my normal Sunday morning riding buddies are very good eyes on the ground.
                                I love my Econo-Nag!


                                • #36
                                  I usually get home between 630-7 during the week.

                                  My work is a 45 min commute and barn is halfway home. I have two horses and usually only ride one at a time during the week because I'm zapped after work. During summer, I go to the barn 2-3 days during the week and I'm more likely to linger after riding when it's warm and light out yet.