My filly's yard is half an hour away, which is tolerable, but it's going to become intolerable when COP26 hits Glasgow next month. They're cutting off 90% of motorway access in the city, and I need that motorway. It is going to be horrible.
I used to have this long a commute to my horse. It was worth it for the fabulous facilities, but I did have 2 days a week off. It made it tolerable. He was simply turned out on those days. Did us both good.
Eventually we moved house so they are outside the back door. Of course, one became two
Having a horse in full livery should give you freedom.! I don't know what your arrangements are, but I've known people having a horse in full livery so they could go off for a weekend at short notice and not have to turn up every day.
I have the same commute, and I'm DIY. Also, I presently don't have a car. I travel on my bike, moped, or lend a car. I find it tough sometimes, especially in winter time, always arriving in the dark after work and still having to do all the chores. But I did choose this yard for my horse, as he can live out year-round in a herd. I.m.o. this is the best I can give him, and that makes it worthwile. Most of the time. On the cold and very wet days, I am allowed to feel sorry for myself .
If I was on full livery, I'd definitely give myself a break, and give both the horse and myself one or two days of.
ETA: and yes, my relationship suffers a little bit because of this. Have not found a solution for this yet. Boyfriend is adamantly non-horsey.
Working in and around London, and now that lockdown is over and people are back in their offices, that could be pretty common sadly. I always google map it as it will sometimes take me a different route to avoid traffic. The m25 was carnage the other night and a 35 mins journey took me 1hr 15mins! Doesn’t happen often though and I’ve moved out of London now so it’s a bit more reliable.
I feel your pain - although the horse I’m going to isn’t even ridden .. He’s supposed to be turned away/retired and when we chose the livery it was on the basis that I’d only need to go a couple of times a week as he’s out 24/7 and being checked twice a day. However, he’s had a series of medical issues which mean I’ve been having to go up virtually every day for vet visits, bandage changing, applying creams, nebulising. On a good day with no traffic it takes 35-40 minutes - at the moment, it’s usually close to an hour each way and I’m exhausted. There are no yards with good 24/7 turnout any nearer so I’m a bit stuck
I sympathise. It was only the other day that I was wondering whether I am the only person who keeps their horse > 15 miles away from home. Seemingly not!
My boy is also in full livery but regardless, it's nice to go up as much as possible. After all, it does cost an arm and a leg! However, a 30 min (not allowing for traffic) drive each way a few times a week, on top of everything else people have to do in their day to day lives is draining.
I do believe, across the board there is a shortage of livery yards. In my area (East Sussex) assisted and DIY yards in particular are closing / being sold left right and centre, making livery harder to find generally.
I live in a rural area and still cannot find a yard to cater for mine and my horses requirements within any sensible distance, very frustrating.
When I lived in London and worked full time with two on full livery (part really, no riding involved) I used to ride 4x a week-Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, so I was only driving 2 days after work and that made it manageable for me. Could you reduce your visits to 4x a week, and pay someone at the yard to lunge once a week to keep him fit? Not ideal I know, I used to feel quite guilty about this but in reality I was there at least every other day to keep a very close eye on them, and my yard were really great, and looked after them brilliantly, plus I had decent facilities with lights etc to ride in the winter so it was definitely worth it!
Five miles away, Ratface lives in a perfect palace, with his relatives and staff. Unfortunately, the lovely hacking is now infested with a stupidity of people in/on a variety of wheeled vehicles. Ratty is excellent in traffic. Both he and I are festooned in flashing lights and covered in hi viz: it just doesn't seem worth the risk to our safety to ride out any more. The small electric car creeping up on us and hitting my offside stirrup was probably the last straw.
Mine is 30 minutes away on d-i-y livery. However I don't work 9 til 5 hours so am able to block out a half day (morning / afternoon / evening) to see her. I also got a sharer last year when my hours changed and I was left unable to look after her properly.
I feel your pain. My pony's had several health issues this year so he's moved to a yard on full livery where I know he'll be properly looked after. It's 22 miles away and on average is 50 minutes. I only go four times a week and in the winter may cut that to three. I'd love to find somewhere closer to home but the good yards just don't seem to be out there. With the petrol situation I'm very worried that I won't get to see him as much as I want to.