I need to work to afford my horse, and I need to see my horse so I don’t go crazy at work.
Working full-time and owning a horse is hard. I literally don’t know how all you people who own farms and work full-time do it all! I pride myself on being a good horse owner. I see my retired horse Gen almost everyday. I am not as good about seeing Lucky as I am with Gen (I see her 3-4 days a week on average while Gen is normally 7) but I still feel like I do a good job at seeing my ponies. Gen lives 25 minutes from my house and Lucky is about 10 minutes farther away. I don’t mind the extra time in the car everyday, what I do mind is when my job gets in the way of my horses!
I love what I do. I have been doing the same for years now, and while I have changed where I do it since starting the blog, the basics of my job stay the same. I am lucky enough to wake up in the morning and actually look forward to my day at work. I know what it feels like to wake up with dread, so no complaints about how things are right now! My job gets busy certain times of year. I am sure everyone can relate. So what is usually the first thing to go when things get rough? Sleep of course! I can live with less sleep if it means I get to see my pony. The second though when time gets tight is my horsey time.
This past week has been a busy one for me. I am working on a special project which requires me to be at work until 9:00pm. Considering my day starts at 7:00am I am pretty tried by this point. I have not seen Lucky at all since Sunday. Twice this week I skipped dinner and used my dinner break to fly out and see Gen. One of those times he got his toes trimmed and the other I just saw him for a quick, 5 minute cuddle. My horse has not been groomed in DAYS…and he looks it!
For the most part, I can make work and horses fit in to my life. Sure, some days I have to give up riding because I get out of work too late, but for the most part it has been workable for me. This week has been frustrating because of the lack of pony time. Have you ever tried to explain to your non-horsey boss that it was urgent you left to hold your horse for a farrier/vet/etc? They just don’t get it! I have to remind myself that it is worth it in the end though. No Paycheck No Lucky.
You see, even though I am working CRAZY hours, I am getting an extra $300. (sure, sure, some of you make that in an hour, but I don’t! And even though I don’t think it is worth working till 9pm, it is better than getting nothing). That can cover almost all of my show entries this season (I love schooling shows). So while I am missing my Gennyral and my Lucky, I have to remind myself that it is all worth it. I want to do a lot of things this year, and that can add up quickly. Having an extra $300 in the bank makes me feel less guilty about wanting to show more than once a month. So by 8:00 yesterday night when I was going crazy I just had to stop and remind myself, all of this extra work has the potential to turn in to ribbons…and that can make it all worthwhile!
What about the rest of you? How do you balance work and horse (horse and home is a whole different issue)…