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Rider Insider: Time for Horses

How do you make time for enjoying your horse?

28-Sep-12

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Girl and Horse In a perfect world, you’d be able to spend all day riding, grooming and doting on your horse. However, real life doesn’t usually allow for that luxury. Most horse owners have to spend their days working for a paycheck in order to keep their horses fed and cared for. Finding the right boarding situation sometimes means there’s a long commute between your home or workplace and your horse. For those who keep their horses at home, a long day at work is often followed by an evening of barn chores with little time left over for actually riding or enjoying the horses.

Horse owners have to be resourceful with their time, whether it’s getting up early to ride before work, foregoing social activities to make room for barn time, or sharing chores to make the work go faster.

What strategies have you developed to make time for your horse, and how do you make the most of the time you have with him? Click “Submit a Comment” below and share your tips with other HorseChannel.com visitors. Some of the responses may be selected for a future issue of Horse Illustrated.

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Izzy    Huntersville, NC

11/16/2013 7:01:43 PM

I don't find timed I make time. I don't own my horse he belongs to my trainers but I am his only rider. I work at the barn to ride him and take lessons on him. I do lots of barn chores just to ride Hume more and develop a better relationship.

Michaela    Appleton, WI

10/11/2013 1:25:08 PM

Between being a senior in high school and horseback riding, I can be quite busy. I try to make it a goal to ride my horse at least an hour 5 days a week, even getting up at 4 am to ride before school!

Erin    versailles, MO

8/2/2013 1:34:24 PM

i don't find time, i MAKE time for my precious pal!!!

Morgan    Embarrass, WI

5/7/2013 6:22:20 AM

I work with horses all day long, so sometimes its hard to go out to the barn every day to ride my own. I still do every day after work, and I feel a million times better every time I'm there. My horse gets time with me every day no matter what. I've skipped vacations just to stay home with him!

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