Caring for horses and enjoying time in the saddle can feel like a day’s work in itself. So when you add the time, energy, and requirements of a full-time job on top of that, it’s not hard to become overwhelmed. So how do you estabilish a balance between the two?

In last week’s online poll, we asked our readers if they work full time and can still find time to ride and care for horses. More than 400 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 441 respondents, 330 (75%) people said yes, they work full time and find time to ride and care for horses. The remaining 111 respondents (25%) said they do not.

[image imageid="5823" includeTitle="false" includeSummary="false"]Of the 441 poll respondents, 75% said they work full time and still find time to ride and care for horses. [/image]

Additionally, more than 100 people commented about their work-life-riding balance:

Many people offered suggestions for how to achieve a balance between work, riding, and regular life:

  • “I care for my horse morning and night and ride right after work. Most of the house chores get delayed until weekends, but it works.”
  • “Lose the guilt. If the horse is well cared for, it’s okay to miss a day or two at the barn.”
  • “Be efficient in the barn, plan each day, and work smart!”
  • “Slow-feed haynets make life easier. They always have hay and aren’t waiting for me to feed.”
  • “If you make it a p