Because I’ve been getting so many “what’s it like?” emails and Myspace/Facebook messages lately, I decided to just throw together a fairly typical (although there’s really no such thing at a horse farm of this caliber ;) ) day-in-the-life kind of thing. Hope it answers some questions.
Here was my day today:
5:15am – Wake up. Put on kettle, read a book and drink tea for a little while to wake up.
5:55am – Get dressed – lots of layers are important around this time of year. It’s still dark out.
6:10am – Head out to the barn to do my ‘pay stalls’. I do five, and they have to be done before morning chores.
7:30am – Grain the boarder barn.
7:45am – Grain Phyllis’s barn.
7:55am – Change any blankets that need changing – usually Jamie, Voodoo, Drifter, Expedience, Aidan, Mystic, and Chance.
8:15am – Start turnout.
8:45am – Clean Phyllis’s barn. We each do four or five stalls.
9:20am – Do other miscellaneous morning chores – raking the boarder barn aisle, raking the arena track, tidying up the barn aisle and haying the horses on stall rest all need to be done, so we split the chores up between us.
9:45am – Our maintenance man, Kenny, wasn’t here today so we had to do his stalls – 2 each.
10:10am – Run inside for a quick breakfast.
10:45am – Bring in Corocotto, grab my tack and place it outside his stall.
11:00am – Bring in Drifter for Phyllis.
11:10am – Bring in Jerry for Melissa.
11:30am – Hop on Corocotto for Phyllis so she can see if he’s off; trot and hand-gallop in both directions.
11:45am – Untack Cory very quickly and turn him back out; run out to the mares’ field to grab Shamrock.
[Right around this time noon chores get done too – bring in Expedience and put out Cory and Voodoo; hay the horses who are in.]
11:55am – Tack up Shamrock.
12:15pm – Bring Shamrock to arena for jumping lesson with Phyllis. Melissa, Meagan, and Heidi are also riding. (It was a blast :D)
1:15pm – Untack Shamrock, leave her inside to cool down for a little while, run out to the mare field to get Lilly for Phyllis’s great-niece to ride.
1:25pm – Turn Shamrock out.
1:35pm – Help get Lilly ready.
1:45pm – Groom and tack up Theodora, one of the three-year-olds, who Heidi brought in for me. (Because I loooove Heidi!!!!)
2:00pm – Bring Theodora out to the arena for a mini-lesson with Jineen; I’m going to start riding Dora regularly and Jineen is basically giving me the run-down of her.
2:45pm – Bring Dora back to the barn, untack and feed her.
3:00pm – Walk her back up the driveway to the doubleshed field.
3:15pm – Walk Wager up to the doubleshed field.
3:30pm – Start to bring in horses.
3:55pm – Hay and grain Phyllis’s barn while Heidi hays and grains the boarder barn, and Jenna grains the baby fields.
4:20pm – Change blankets, pick feet and do footcare in Phyllis’s barn.
4:40pm – Check feed tubs in both barns, close up stalls.
5:00pm – Go to office to sit for a minute, chat with Jineen, check the schedule for tomorrow.
5:15pm – Head up to the house to change for a trip to IHOP, then come home and chill before bed at 9 or 9:30.
And this, my friends, is a basic day. On Mondays, the farrier is also squeezed in there. On Tuesdays, the vet. Many days we have show-for-sales, which are hectic – we have to find time to make the sales horses beautiful, tack them up, set fences, etc etc. Today a puppy got hurt which added drama! Yesterday a three-year-old fractured a hip – all sorts of exciting things go on here. Windchase is NOT for the faint of heart, but we all love it here :)