Today we had two teens from Estacada High School completing some of their 20 hours of community service here at Hytyme for their Senior Projects (they are Juniors this year, way to get on the ball you guys!). They were joined by Bree's father Brian. Brian and Bree moved here from Michigan and have experience with horses, as they used to have a 10 acre farm. Brian and his late father were major trail riders, and Bree's mother also rode extensively before double hip replacement.
Today they helped us muck stalls, and not just any stalls. They completely busted out the largest of the draft mare's stalls to the bare floor! Unfortunately it had been let go in the past due to lack of help and never recovered, but thanks to their efforts today I'll be able to keep it up every day instead of just chipping at away at the top layer. Katy Mae and Mary don't spend much time in their stall when the weather is warmer and the grass is greening up, but at least now they have a place to get dry that is much cleaner.
Thank you very much for all your hard work and we look forward to seeing you guys back out to finish your community service hours!
Spring is almost here and we will be hosting more events. Our first event will be a horse spa day on Saturday, April 22nd. Check out our Calendar page for more info. We will also try to host a Sunset Horse Connection Walk soon as well.
If you can't attend, but would still like to volunteer, please feel free to contact us to set up a time to come to a volunteer orientation. We can use some help with mucking stalls, cleaning fences, daily grooming of the horses, and the senior horses and donkeys love attention in general.
Things are starting to get exciting at Hytyme for the rescue horses. Tori has been helping with training them (and the people!) to get them ready for adoptions. I for one am excited to help Bella, a TWH find a forever home. She is a sweet girl that needs her very own person and a job. She is a lovely mover and will make someone a very cute riding companion. I am confident Tori can get Bella a refresher on her ground manners and some time under saddle, that way she will be at her best this spring.
We also received some donations from our Amazon wishlist yesterday! I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who donated on the behalf of all of us here at Hytyme. The items are greatly appreciated!
Hytyme is preparing to do more this year to help horses. Once the weather starts to improve we will be hosting work parties to repair fences and cut brush, Sunset Horse Walks, horse spa days, and possibly some other fundraising events at the barn. So far the horses are doing well this winter. We lost Tempest, one of our senior horses and long time resident, and Olivia the Shetland mule who adopted Hytyme years ago, but most of our other senior equines are fattened up and sporting thick winter coats. We have some volunteers who will be working to train and ready a couple of the horses for adoption, like Elliott and Dione the twins, and Thelma & Louise the mules.
It was very cold and windy out today, and everybody was extra hungry! Here is Elliott watching as his stall buddy was getting lots of attention. Elliott is still a little shy with people, but he's improving!