Your Barn Commute – How Long Is TOO Long?

How much wheel time do you have to put in to keep up your horse habit?

And how long is just too long for you to drive?  I’d love to hear what others think is acceptable 🙂 –  I’m sure others would too!

To make this a fair comparison, pick your average drive time, not miles.  25 Miles in rural Kentucky is obviously different from 20 in L.A, and pick the time it takes on most days.  Not the day when you get stuck behind half-legal slow-moving field equipment on single lanes, or 4:30 AM lone-rider speed stints to braid before a show.

Dressage On A Dime A Horse For Elinor

OK let’s hear it!  Cast your vote!

Poll is open until February 24th – I’ll talk about the results on Monday already, and tell you where I’m at on this scientific scale.

30 thoughts on “Your Barn Commute – How Long Is TOO Long?

  1. I’ve had a taste for all. The problem arises when trainers don’t work out, barn drama gets in the way, etc. Often it’s easier to move the horse than sell the house, but troublesome nonetheless.

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    1. How right you are! I’m sure many with you feel the same… In our case, we’ll never move houses, or, well, at least not for the next 6-7 years. After that, I’d LOVE to move somewhere super convenient for riding. Um, wherever that is 😉
      Thank you SO much for chiming in! Appreciate it!

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  2. I have 1 horse that is about 20 minutes away to take advantage of the amenities, the others are at home. If I plan on riding daily, 25 minutes max. If I plan on only riding 3 times a week, then 1 hour would be my max…it just all depends.

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    1. This all sounds extremely ideal. 20 minutes to be able to have all the top notch features, the rest at home. Keeping driving under 30 minutes for daily driving definitely sounds like it would be on everyone’s list. Surprisingly, I’m hearing from many now that say they wouldn’t drive more than 15 minutes for Full Training. Where would I have to live then? Florida maybe?…
      Thank you so much for giving feedback!!

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    1. You’re one of the lucky ones 🙂
      The “no commute” is always going to be the best!
      The votes are coming in still, for now it looks like not many are willing to go over 30 minutes or so.
      Really appreciate your input!!

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        1. I’m sure! 🙂
          That’s an important point, for all those with home-barn-envy, – it takes A LOT of work, time, and effort to keep things going. Definitely more than the 1 hour commute option!

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  3. Yeah, we’re fools.
    4 horses at home, and we still travel to a lesson barn once a week for my Daughter to have a riding lesson. 😉
    To be fair though, she started lessons there before we bought the farm, after we moved and the horses came home, the barn owners shared their hay source with us, offered vet advice, and have been very helpful/supportive of our equine endeavours.
    And, over the years, we’ve become good friends with them and the coaches. They’re kinda like family…so, while the drive is tiring at just over an hour both ways, it’s worth it, because we love the people there as much as the time with their horses.

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    1. Whoohoo – thank you for adding to this!
      But wait now!
      Traveling weekly for a lesson for a long time, – that doesn’t count! That’s towing a trailer, and we all know that’s a lot slower, plus, with Complete Equestrian Calculation Madness, once weekly doesn’t count! Right!? That’s just one day out of the others riding at home. So you’re no fools.

      I don’t blame you for sticking around with the lesson farm. That’s a wonderful relationship developed, and worth a whole lot!
      More than gas and road time 😉

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      1. Oh, we don’t haul any of our girls there.
        It’s actually cheaper for me to pay for a lesson horse for my Girlie. $7 vs $25 haul-in fee. I can’t imagine how long it would take pulling a trailer! 😉

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  4. When we bought our house in October, distance from the barn was was one of our top three priorities – husband even agreed. My commute went from ten minutes to 20, but it’s still quite doable, Since I now go straight to the barn from work, I actually shaved off 10 – 15 minutes which is a big help. On weekends I go from the house, but it’s only 10 minutes farther than it used to be. :0)

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    1. Well that wasn’t very clear! What I meant to say was that I used to drive about 20 minutes from work to home, change clothes (10 minutes) and then drive to the barn (10 minutes) for a total of 40 minutes from work to barn. Now that my house is farther than the barn from work, I drive straight to the barn from work (27 minutes) change clothes in the tack room (3 minutes) for a total of 30 minutes! That’s how I saved 10 minutes by moving farther away. LOL

      On days off (like summer vacation), my trip is now 18 – 20 minutes instead of 10. My max is 20 minutes.

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      1. Got it!
        I see how this takes a lot more planning – you’ve got to bring the clothes and snacks, and not to mention in the summer – the WATER!
        (Always a major sticking point for me. I’ll bring 2 bottles. Still never enough.)

        Time wise, I think this all sounds very reasonable, right?! Less time spent immediately after work before actually getting to the barn – major improvement 🙂
        SO appreciate your input on this project Karen!!

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