After a week of work, trying to spend some time with my little girl and my boyfriend, its all a bit much, but when I go off to see my horse it gives me the couple of hours I need to just think useless horsey thoughts (i.e. what colour brow-band next, will I ever get my pony to load, what feed to try) and relax.
Although riding my 4 year old Arab is not the most relaxing exercise I admit, it is pretty stress free, even when he goes sideways because a snail has farted. What I do wonder is how I will cope actually keeping a horse hunting fit when Harry comes back in to work in 2 weeks time. Then its the question of can I really ride two horses, probably not ha ha but I shall try. I can at least keep one fit (maybe) while the youngster ticks over with a weekly hack.
I figure I have about 4 days a week when I can ride, plus perhaps one days ride by a friend (pretty please) which I should think will keep a hunter hunting over the winter. So, all in all, yes it is worth it and we fit it all in because we LOVE it and we are slightly nuts.
I am also contemplating trying some endurance, but I must be mental so probably will think about this for the next decade before I actually go anywhere. If anyone has any hints on endurance, do let me know as I haven't a clue !!