Poll Recap: Does the Time Change Affect Your Horse Schedule?

Of the 702 respondents, 293 (42%) said they ride less often because it’s dark when they get home in the evening.

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For horse owners living in areas that observe daylight saving time, falling back to standard time in November can be less than pleasant. The hours of daylight you have to complete horse chores get substantially shorter you’re faced with having to accomplish some tasks in the dark. 

In last week’s online poll, we asked our readers how their horse schedules change when the clocks fall back to standard time. More than 700 people responded and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 702 respondents, 293 (42%) said they ride less because it’s dark when they get home in the evening. Another 182 individuals (26%) change their schedule to accommodate riding during the daylight or have a flexible schedule, and 149 respondents (21%) said they have a lit area or arena to work their horse. Only 20 readers (3%) said they don’t live in an area with a time change. The remaining 58 respondents (8%) listed other ways their horse schedule changes after the time change.

Poll Results

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Written by:

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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