Monday, January 23, 2012

January 19th, 2012

First we had sun. Then we had snow. Then we had rain, rain rain! What a mess! There's been some local flooding in the past few days, as it is what happens when we get this much moisture. Hopefully everyone has survived the weather, and your homes have been dry and safe!

Here's what it looks like out at Hytyme:

As you can see from the above pictures, it's been quite damp out at Hytyme. You'll also notice the lack of horses--they're smart enough to stay inside when the Pineapple Express rolls through! If you look closely in some of the pictures, you might see a face or two peeking out into the rain. 

For the amount of rain and snow we've had, everything seems to be going just fine (except the stalls have been pretty dirty each day since the horses don't want to venture outside all that much). As you can see, there's a little bit of water in the office area of Barn #1, but it's not so bad. It could be worse!

Spendy is now back in the big field, and she's doing great! Katie and Jim felt sorry for Rosa, who was just hanging out in the rain. She's back inside with Coal now, and Coal gets taken out when it's graining time. Rosa can't share with him! Buddy was being a little unfriendly toward the horses in the big field, so he's in a stall. With all this rain, Jim has been feeding the horses indoors. Now the horses in the big field can come inside without having to worry about Buddy's bossy behavior. 

Otherwise, not too much happening out here! It's been really muddy, so not many volunteers have decided to brave the weather and soggy mud. Just the regulars! Doug decided to work on gates while Jim was indoors, and when Jim came back, Doug had done a phenomenal job with repairs! Thanks Doug! Here's his handiwork:

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 13th, 2012

Here's another video blog from Jim!

The horses in the first barn that he meets, in order, are Juliet, Tempest, Sue, Granny, Abby, Hope (in her stylish plaid blanket!), Cameo, Elvira, Braveheart, and Spendy. 

We're all glad that Spendy is feeling better, too! 

Yesterday, Jim picked up a ton of grain...literally. Seven barrels of grain from Union Mills in Mulino. Just getting these barrels of grain saves Hytyme over $200 in feeding expenses! 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 8th, 2012

Jim's been on a roll with his blog videos! Here are a couple more from yesterday and today!

Blog Video #1--this is the one from yesterday. 

Today, Jim made this video before heading out to the Blazers game: 

Blog Video #2

After filming, Jim took Granny's blanket off so she could enjoy the nice weather.

Granny is definitely one of the sweetest old horses around! 

Last night, Jim got an email from a girl named Natalie. Natalie purchased Heart from the Silver Buckle Ranch, which is who adopted Heart last year. This weekend, Natalie is showing her at the Clark County Fairgrounds. She also rides Heart in barrels, and their fastest time is 19 seconds! What a great update! Congratulations to Natalie and Heart! We wish you all the best of luck, and we're so happy that Heart has a great owner like you!

Here are some pictures of Heart:

There is a third and fabulous picture of Natalie and Heart on our Facebook page. Check it out!

For those of you who didn't meet Heart, she came to Hytyme with several other Arabians,  Socks, Natasha, and Rose. Their owner was going through some hard times, and donated the four horses to us. Socks has found a good home, and Natasha and Rose are still at Hytyme. Heart is so lucky to have found a 14-year-old girl to be best friends with! We look forward to hearing about many more of their adventures!

Also, thank you to Diane for your generous donation to the horses! We really appreciate it! 

January 6th, 2012

Happy New Year! 

Here is Jim's January 6th video, and an update on happenings at the barn! Other things going on: Spendy's fetlock joint is still sore and swollen, so Alex and Jim made her a special pen to keep her from moving around too much. 

Dallas has lost a little weight this winter, so we've moved her near Coal and will put her on the graining regimen. She'll love that! Coal is now in the last pen where Rosa was, and both Rosa  and Shannon are back in the big field. Natasha and Lyric are both back in the big field as well. 

Here's a picture of Jim's dump truck. It needs a name! Jim thought maybe it could be called "Big Red," which, coincidentally, was also Secretariat's barn name. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

December 31st, 2011

Happy New Year from Hytyme!

Here's a video blog entry from December 28th. You can see some of the horses from the big field having a snack inside the barn, like Peanut Butter Boy, Spendy, Delilah, and Olivia. 
Here it is!  Welcome to our new volunteers, and also welcome back to Cathy, who is home in Portland from Reno. 

Also, thanks to our new donors and sponsors, Megan and Kathy! We are so fortunate to have such caring supporters. We couldn't do it without you! 

Our good friend Courtney Short and her Explorer Post 686 from Gresham came out to muck stalls and groom rescue horses. Courtney and her post have been coming to Hytyme since we started rescuing horses. What a way to end the year! Here are some pictures of our newly cleaned horses! Thank you, Courtney and Post!

Smarty gets a much-needed brushing!

Delilah is looking quite nice!

Chino also gets a good brushing

Spendy has her hooves cleaned

Buddy showing off his lovely teeth

Rose gets brushed

Peanut Butter Boy gets his feet cleaned, too

The pasture converted to a grooming station

Another view of the field

Abby gets brushed as well

Sue and friends





And lastly, another video from Jim. Happy New Year from Hytyme Equine Rescue! We wish you all the best for a happy 2012!