Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?
I would consider full livery if I could afford it! But I would be very selective about the yard to ensure that the YO understood what I wanted and how much involvement I would have in their diets etc.
I currently have mine of DIY but sometimes it feels like I spend all my time at the yard, but not with them. After I have mucked out, filled nets, dragged water buckets around etc, and then gone to catch them, I have very little time of an evening to spend with them. I work long hours and go straight to the yard...it's rare I get home before 8pm and if I have ridden it is later still. My poor husband has very late dinner!
I would love to have the time to spend grooming them, cleaning my tack, riding, working on ground work etc. If they were on full livery, I'd have more time to work on Luna's bargy issues on the ground and I'd also spend some time each day de-spooking Dulcie! As it is, I only have time to work one per day and if I wanted to hack through the week after work, I wouldn't get home until well after 9pm.
I do like the control that DIY offers - afterall, I love my horses - but because I love them, I'd like to spend more quality time, rather than running round like a loon trying to get all my jobs done!
Ahhh to dream