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

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

    I'm curious to see what time most people get home from the barn after working & commuting to the barn.

    I've been horseless for a few months and have been enjoying the fact that I am home before 6pm most days to enjoy time with the SO & the dogs. Life seems to be a little less stressful now that I'm not rushing around to get everything done in one day ha.
    Before 3pm
    After 10pm
    7pm-8pm (forgot this one!)

  • #2
    I work 8-4, but it takes me 1 hour + to get out to the barn from work. 30 minutes from home to barn. About 3 hours at the barn includes grooming, riding and putting horse and stuff away.


    • #3
      I only commute to the barn one work day per week (at this point) which is across the river from my Portland with its notoriously awful freeway traffic. I get home from work by 3:15 most days, and my lesson is at 6, so I have to leave my house by 4ish to get there by 5:30. It is pretty sucky but doable. Coming home is a snap by comparison. My weekend trip only takes 40 minutes one way, but riding both Saturday and Sunday means I lose that relaxation/fun/chores/husband time on those days, so it's a toss up.
      Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


      • #4
        I generally work from 7 - 3:15ish and get to the barn around 4 so it takes a couple of hours to ride, clean his stall and set up feed for the next day then 40 minutes home. This scenario is going to change as I'm moving to a barn much closer to home and work tomorrow.


        • #5
          I leave from work around 6pm and go directly to the barn. I get home around 9, which is really too late for getting to bed at a reasonable hour, but it's what works best right now, all things considered.


          • #6
            Was I on a mission or did I lolly gag about after riding? Usually it is the second. I live close to the barn right now... but I have no reason to rush home so I don't. I'm about to move 30 minutes or so away and that will definitely cut into my just hanging around to talk with friends after I ride/groom/lunge etc, but still I expect that I wouldn't be there past 9pm on a work day. I head to the barn usually straight after work, get there by 5:30 or so (I work until 5pm and work is further from the barn than home), and then about 30 minutes to tack up 45min - 1hr ride and 30 minutes to untack and put away everything... add another 15-30 if I want to do an extra groom/bath/graze. I'm usually home by 8:00 right now on lesson nights. If it is just me and I don't have a lot to work on and just want to hack around the field then I can definitely be home earlier.


            • #7
              I have a flexible work schedule but am expected to be in the office between 9am - 3pm. I'm also a 45-50 min drive (40 miles one way) from where I keep my horse. On lesson days I am generally home between 8-9pm and on no-lesson days I can be home as early as 7 pm.


              • #8
                My work hours lately have been 8-5 and I'm usually at the barn at around 6:30 (Both my office and my clients are ~40 minutes from home during rush hour, and the barn is ~45 minutes from my house). Whether or not I go directly to the barn instead of stopping at home first doesn't really matter because my house is essentially on the way (it may be a ten-minute detour to get there and leave again, but that barely counts when you're already looking at roughly an hour and a half in the car if you don't go home).

                If I ride the pony I've been working with for my BO, I'm usually on by 7, off by 8, and out of the barn by 8:45. 45 minutes home means I usually get back around 9:30. If I don't ride the pony I've been working with and just work with my horse (who is only three, so we're not riding yet) I'm usually still there til at least 8 or so, since we're hand-walking and free lunging and just generally working on his manners and getting him ready to start under saddle in the next month or two. Tonight I get to find out what happens when I have to ride the pony and work with my horse in the same night.

                I'm in public accounting, so I don't get to have a life from January to April, and if I'm at a client during non-busy season then I work 8-5, but I'm trying to wrangle things so that I can work through lunch and work 8-4 over the summer so I can get out to the barn earlier and be home by 8 (hopefully).


                • #9
                  I get to the barn 6-ish after work/commute. Usually on the horse by 6:20. Ride 45 min. to an hour. Since he's in light work, I'm usually off by 7:15-7:20. By the time I've groomed and fed, I'm probably leaving the barn by 7:40, home close to or a little after 8:00PM.


                  • #10
                    In the winter I time it so that I can ride when it isn’t busy. Which usually means I’m getting on around 8 and home around 9-9:30pm.

                    Our outdoor is huge so I usually ride a little earlier and get home a bit earlier.


                    • #11
                      I work flexible hours so never ride in the evenings. Barn bound, I have to leave by 1:15 pm or a 45 minute drive can become a 75 minute drive. I have to be on the highway by 4:00 pm if I want to be home within an hour.

                      When I used to ride weekday evenings I'd get home by 9:30 pm


                      • #12
                        For the most part, I work about 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I have three horses. Depending on what time I get to the barn after work, I may or may not have time to ride all three, and depends what I am doing for the ride (work in arena, ride on trail, etc). Or sometimes I'll ride one, then ride the second one and pony the third to save time. Usually get home around 9 or 10 PM.

                        Of course, I ride during the day on my days off.

                        I have only about a 20 minute commute to work but that doesn't include dropping the kiddos off at daycare. So therefore I am up at 5 AM every day so I have enough time to get myself ready and get them ready. Fortunately, the barn is on the way to/from work so I'm not driving any extra to get there.

                        Hopefully this year is my last year of boarding .... so that will be wonderful!!
                        It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.


                        • #13
                          I work 9-6, but have a little wiggle room if I need to leave early for a lesson.

                          My barn is 30-40min away from work depending on traffic and my house is directly on the route, so its easy to pop in and change and take care of house critters, which prob adds 20 min.

                          I usually get to the barn at 7 and leave at 9 to eat an incredibly late dinner. Good thing I am a total night owl!


                          • #14
                            I work 7-4. I drive directly to the barn from work which takes about 35-45 minutes. I normally get home around 7pm.

                            On days I don't ride I get home at 4:30.


                            • #15
                              You’re missing options for the morning riders! I’m at the barn by 6am M-F, finished/cleaned up/dressed by 8:30 and at my desk by 9. This schedule doesn’t leave much time to dilly dally around the barn, but I make up for that on the weekends

                              Luckily I have fairly short commutes between home/barn/work, but I do pay $$$$ for that privilege. Usually home by 7:30PM.
                              *Absolut Equestrian*

                              "The plural of anecdote is not fact...except in the horse industry"


                              • #16
                                I don't like getting home later than like 7 these days, and I have a pretty flexible work schedule where I have two weeks to get 80 hours so I don't have to do a strict 9 to 5. I'll get to work 6:45 or 7, work until 4 or 430 some days then leave at 1:45 to 2:30 other days so I can go out early. Probably will adjust it as it gets hotter outside. Possibly start going in the morning, not sure yet. But I don't go every day, I'm going out maybe 3 or 4 times a week now.


                                • #17
                                  I guess I'm before 3, but I go before work which is a lot easier for me.


                                  • #18
                                    With Charlotte traffic, I'm lucky to get to the barn by 6:30 most nights which puts me home sometimes by 9, usually by 10, 10:30 depending on how much I needed to get done/how many friends were around to chat and ride with. I'm lucky I can bring my dogs to the barn so I look at it as exercise for them, two birds one stone and all that! Luckily my commute home is a quick 35 minutes instead of the hour and a half to get there, and weekends are typically a breeze.


                                    • #19
                                      I'm at my current barn in part because getting to any others from Seattle is such a PITA after work (and I am not and never will be a morning person). Luckily I love it, so I'm enjoying it as long as I'm able. I can flex and work some extra hours on days that I don't ride, so I leave for the barn at 4:30 on Wednesdays and 5 on Thursdays, for 6 p.m. and 6:30 lessons, respectively. Home somewhere between 8-9; I am a slow groomer. On weekends, I ride Sundays and take about 3 hours in the process—but traffic is a lot better unless there's an event at one of the stadiums.


                                      • #20
                                        i try to ride in the AM before work only because my day can easily spin out of control and I get stuck at work at night a lot. That said, when I do manage to 'escape' to the barn I usually leave the office by 5, am home by 6, eat and changed by 6 30. At the barn shortly after (~5 min drive) and then try to wrap up and leave the barn around 8.

                                        There are lots of nights where that 5 PM departure creeps closer to 6/6 30 and everything moves back with it putting me home around 9 or later.

                                        I try to go with the 5 PM though as I usually have to log back onto my laptop for a couple hours after riding and I find that soooo hard to do after 9. If I'm already working by 9 I can push on until I finish but if I'm only getting home at 9 my bed looks way too tempting! So if I get stuck at work until closer to 6 I'll often do a lightning tack-up/ride/untack in order to be home as early as possible.