Every year we get this awesome gorup of young men from the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge for a few visits. They come in and do what ever we need them to do!
Today they bucked hay for us, got it stacked nice and neat. The cleaned all the water troughs and refilled them. They mucked up a storm and they even turned over the soil and leveled out our arena. They will be back next weekend for more fun in the sun!!
Thank you for all your help!! YOU ROCK!!
Last Friday we had our first visit from the Mt. Bachelor Memory Care folks. This is the first visit of the year. They will come out the 4th Friday of the month until the weather turns cold again.
It's lovely to see them interact with the horses. Many of these lovely people had horses when they were younger and they regale us with their stories of a time gone by.
Thank you to EOI volunteers Coleen and Shera for being hosts for these very special visitors.
See you next month!
Last weekend we put out a call to our volunteers to help with some spring cleaning. Our volunteers didn't disappoint us!
We had a great crew that came out and helped us dump, scrub, refill all the water troughs. Clean all the hay tubs. And rake up all that gross muddy hay that has appeared now that the snow has melted.
We can't thank you all enough for all the hard work you did for the horses. The ranch is looking good again!
So..... wondering what the Big Reveal is? The Big Reveal comes after the Big Dig....now that we have had a couple afternoons with above freezing temperatures.
If you haven't been out to the ranch lately, please come out and help us. We have had only a couple regular hearty volunteers come out to dig out and muck. Luckily, we have had a couple NEW volunteers join our team but would love to see some of you that have been MIA this winter....
So... The Big Reveal.... the first layer of snow/ice has melted and REVEALED a layer of poop. Under that poop is another layer of ice, so on and so forth.
Meet Carol, she has been volunteering with us since December 2018.
Carol is originally from Coquille, Oregon where she developed her love of horses.
She was in 4H and participated in the Barrels, Poles, Key Hole, and Quarter Mile in local rodeo events.
Carol speaks fondly of her home town, where they could ride their horses into town and the local swimming hole.
Carol moved to Bend from Seattle about 2 1/2 years ago with her mother to care for a brother that was a long-time resident of Bend.
Carol is such a dedicated volunteer that when her son Shelton visited from Charlotte, NC she brought him with her to work!
We loved having Shelton visit and hope he returns soon.
Carol has taken it upon herself to muck at least 5 wheelbarrows full every time she comes out, which is twice a week. Which is awesome!
While Carol loves all the horses at Equine Outreach she has a special fondness for the ponies, Blueberry and Black Pearl.
Thank you Carol, for all your hard work and dedication! All of us at Equine Outreach appreciate you so much!
Greetings from the ranch!
We hope to make this a newsy section to keep our volunteers, friends, and supporters up to date on all things EOI.
Let me catch you up on a few things...
It's been a mild winter so far, by Bend standards, but that doesn't mean our volunteers haven't been freezing their fingers off.
We had to chop the ice out of the frozen water troughs, get the ice out of the hoses before we could refill the aforementioned water troughs but our most awesome supporters came through for us!
We had 2 separate fundraisers. One for a generator and one for a heated hose and I am here to tell you they both work great! We can keep the water from freezing over night in the troughs, and we are assured the use of the hose the next day to fill up the troughs. A huge thank you to everyone who generously donated to these items.
A big shout out to the Scott's. We can not thank them enough for their generosity and support of our organization and the horses, not to mention the use of their Gator, which has been a godsend. THANK YOU D&D!
Our Ranch Manager, Louie', gave some of our volunteers a Basic Horsemanship class last month. It was very well attended and everyone had a great time. Jasmine did great as our class horse.
There is another class February 22 (weather permitting) open to volunteers to attend.
We are in desperate need of new tires for our ranch truck. We will be having a fundraiser soon to raise the money for them. The truck is a much needed and used vehicle around the ranch and we need it to be safe for our volunteers and horses. Watch this space for more info on that.
The horses are fairing well during these cold snaps. We have a wonderful group of feeders that care for them multiple times a day. Thank you Monica, Arie, Dana, Karen, and Krystal!
And lastly, a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful volunteers who come out no matter what the weather. Scoop frozen poop. Slosh around in the mud. And give the horses all the love and pets they deserve.
Thank you everyone!
And thank you for reading our first blog post.... stay tuned.....