Those of you who have horses will know that their is a fine balancing act between horses and life. This gets harder as you get older and have to add in work and relationships. What’s ironic, is that us horsey people are often seen as being chaotic and un-organised. But really, when you start to consider all the things we are balancing on a day to day basis, we are doing very well!
Having my own horse and therefore having sole responsibility is still fairly new to me. However, in a way, I chose the perfect time to take it on when it comes to balancing my time. I have one more year at University, so one more year of minimal commitments to balance.
As I am on my Summer holiday, Scottie is my number one priority. Everything revolves around him and what I want us to do. I love this, but my boyfriend doesn’t appreciate it! Don’t get me wrong, he loves Scottie (although I don’t think I would get him to admit it!) I think he just finds it hard as he was there before Scottie!
(Coming to shows and taking photos!)
When the weather is nice, he is happy to come along to the stables and help out. Over the winter, I had a bad back and was really struggling, and he came to the stables pretty much every day and helped. He isn’t a horsey person at all and even though 99.99% of the time, Scottie is incredibly easy. End of the day he is an ex racehorse and does have his moments, and this does worry the boyfriend! But who can blame him!
(Learning how to put rugs on)
When I’m at University, Scottie and the boyfriend are both there, so it’s easy. But over the holidays, its that little bit harder. He never remembers that I need a bit of warning in advance to make arrangements for Scottie and he doesn’t understand why I prefer to do Scottie myself. But I really can’t complain. I really do have it easy!
Do your partners help out or run for the hills when you have a lot to do with the horses?