How many of your work away from the farm

Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by billz, Oct 31, 2018.


How many of you work away from the farm?

Poll closed Nov 30, 2018.
  1. I work full time

  2. I work part time

  3. I work but on a temporary basis

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  4. I am not currently employed

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  5. I am retired and horse around when ever I feel like it

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  6. I haven't started working yet because I'm stil in school

  1. billz

    billz Full Member

    Sep 25, 2018
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    I have been wondering how many of those participating in the discussions on this forum, how many are currently working away from the farm to support their horse habit?

    Specifically, I feel like there is waaaay too much of the work stuff getting in the way of my horsing around and I wish I had the financial stability to simply play horses everyday, all day long.

    I'm getting close to retirement age but I didn't think that I would ever quit working, simply because I didn't feel like sitting around the house would be conducive to good mental or physical health.
  2. NBChoice

    NBChoice Senior Member

    May 15, 2014
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    I work full time and do online classes part time for my master degree. But I'm about a month away from being done with that thank goodness.

    Work gets in the way of my horse time a lot for whatever reason. Next week I start a new job that will free up my schedule 4 days out of the week so I'm looking forward to that.
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  3. MzCarol

    MzCarol Senior Member

    Oct 14, 2010
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    I work full time at a university.

    I'm up at 5:30 - in the barn by 5:45 (our horses are at home) for morning feeding and other chores.
    Back in the house by 6:45 to get ready for work. Leave for work by 7:30 to be at work by 8
    I work until 4:30pm - home by 5 and on a horse riding by 6 - or trimming feet - or - or lol

    During the summer when it's grossly humid I will get up at 4:30am and ride before work when it's typically the coolest part of the day.
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  4. slc

    slc Senior Member

    Feb 19, 2004
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    I think that most horse people have to work outside the farm to support horses. They are expensive. I have to work away from the farm to pay for it. Like most 'horse owning properties' that 'make no economic sense,' it isn't designed to be 'financially self-supporting.' It generates bills rather than paying bills.

    Most of the time, I worked a very full time job and boarded, largely because the jobs required travel or I was on call 24/7, or virtually 24/7 and there were many late night calls. Having a horse property was impossible. Sometimes I commuted 4 hours or more a day to get to work, and that would go higher in bad weather.

    Having a farm, even a small farm, is very hard with the 'very full time' job. Many better paying jobs require constant emotional focus on the job 24/8(yes, there ARE 7 days in a week, lol), not on things at home. They're really designed for people who don't do anything other than work and if they have anyone, have a spouse at home who handles everything else.

    A horse property or farm requires the cooperation of a spouse, or someone if someone has a 'very full time job.' It does however, eliminate the every-evening 2 hour drive to the boarding stable, the major reason I got the farm. If work kept me late, which it often did, quite often that was past barn hours, I didn't get to ride, and I needed to ride 6 days a week and get to the horse 7 days a week.

    I have a few friends who have low ownership costs. Each has a husband who owns a farm that grows and markets hay and straw. They have horses for almost no cost, just medical care and shoeing. They use a vacant corner of an existing building as a barn, don't have an indoor arena, most don't have an outdoor arena. They trail ride at a park or ride in farm fields or around their yard. Most of them don't compete or go to one local show a year. Most don't ride often. They don't ride most of the winter. Why? They are too busy working on the farm - that's expected of them. They ride occasionally for pleasure, mostly in the fall. Other times the farm is too busy.
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  5. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

    May 21, 2010
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    Not much. I went into horses, was into horses with my Uncle from the age of 12, then, after high school went into grooming, then training Standardbreds. Started at the farm with two year olds teaching them to pull the cart and prep them for race training. In six months, they took me off grooming and started me as a trainer.

    Every fall I went back to the farm from the track to work with the next batch of babies. Fun to watch them learn.

    When I moved to Florida, racing there is seasonal, and training facilities for Standardbreds are few. Never took to the Thoroughbreds. Their trainers are, let's just say, “less than what I'm used to in conditioning horses and in other areas of training“. Not to mention the guards escort women to their barn or dorm from the parking lot at night on the TB tracks in S. Fl.

    If I didn't find something locally with horses, I took another job until the horses came back. I never lacked an opportunity to work. Never went a day without having multiple options for jobs outside of horses, but I told them, when the meet opens up, I quit.
  6. Smartee Pants

    Smartee Pants Senior Member

    Nov 29, 2007
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    I work full time M-F at an office job. To the barn before work - home to shower - work - barn - home. Every day. Plus I make wedding and party cakes and I make cowboy boot purses and wine totes - both on the side. I have a husband/son/home/yard/dogs/cat as well. I just make it work so I can play with my pony sometimes! Couldn't afford it otherwise.
  7. Circle C

    Circle C Senior Member

    Mar 9, 2005
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    I work full-time and also board.
  8. bellalou

    bellalou Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2014
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    I work full time. For quite a few years, I worked full time and went to school full time. It's always been hard to find enough horse time but I couldn't afford the horses without the work.

    I'm finally working for myself and I'm able to adjust my schedule to get horse time almost daily unless I'm in trial (which was the case for the last 2 weeks - Bella is mad at me. :rolleyes: )
  9. ChestersMomma

    ChestersMomma Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 17, 2008
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    I work a full time and a part time job.

    People often ask why I didn't pursue a "horse" career. I would never want to just barely get by each month. The old adage goes "If you want to make a million in horses, you better start with two million." Of course there are exceptions to that, but in general the horse industry is tough one and I want to be able to enjoy my time at the barn even if that means it's limited.
  10. barrel_racer64

    barrel_racer64 Senior Member

    Aug 5, 2005
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    I'm running a small business from home, and a full time mom (its a full time job, believe me:rofl:), and I keep the horses at home part of the year. I'm busy enough I'm having a hard time getting as much riding in as I want, but I'm planning on changing that this winter.

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