Death and Black Holes

Death and black holes, neither of which have I fallen into the darkness of. I’m still here somewhere. Little to no posts from the HK Bar due to a riding accident that occurred over the weekend.

My Mom was in a riding accident that resulted in dislocating her shoulder and a few hoof prints to the noggin. She will be fine. Some recovery time up to six weeks.

Oh and then I have been picking up shifts nursing. Yep, still a nurse. I have to excersize my nurse muscles now and again or as you know what they say “use it or lose it .” I have gone for the muscle flexing. One more long shift to go tomorrow and then life may just may get back to normal.

Peace! And please avoid death and black holes. Until next time!


Making Strides!



Sweet girl Flash and I had a great work session today. I should actually call it a play session, because that is exactly what it was. Flash and I went for a walk in the back pasture. She was easy to catch and came right to me. She has got the gate mastered! She stands quietly and lets me move her around appropriately to get through the gate. We walked to the barrel pattern I have set up and I kicked on the barrels and rolled them around while she walked behind me. She was interested in them, but no real fear. Then we walked down the lane…. Until we got to the puddles…. Then she got a step away from them and stopped. She didn’t like the idea of going through them. And that’s OK with me. We stood a step away from them and I gave her love scratches for a few minutes. Then I stomped my boot in the puddle so she could see a little more about this piddle business. She was curious and watched me intently.  …..but there was no wanting to go in them. Yet! I’ll give her time and be patient. There is so much she hasn’t seen or done yet, I can’t expect it all at once. I was pleased with how she was through the gate and on the lead. We also tried something new…..she trotted with me while I jogged a ways! I was so proud of her. She wants to please so badly, and is bright at my shoulder. We finished with love scratches and a handful of oats.



Jo also got her grooming and work out this afternoon. We did twenty minutes of lunging and about an hour’s worth of grooming. This girl needs a bath! I am looking forward to warmer weather when I can scrub the winter off of her. I assure you it will take more than one bath to get her clean. Aside from the dirt, she had a great lunge workout. She even got a little feisty today and gave a few bucks. Then when I asked her to canter she decided to have an all out run. She was feeling good, and I could tell she was happy to be stretching her legs. We even got a little sweaty today!

So wahoo for great workouts and lessons. Today was perfect. Could not have asked for better!


Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Day #85

Someone has a birthday anniversary today! Flash is ten months old today. Just like my human babies, I am asking myself where time has gone!


She is growing into such a nice young filly. Right now she tolerates grooming all over, standing g tied for short periods of time, picks up her feet well (doesn’t always let you have them long), leads forward, backward, and will turn.  The noise of Boo, Owl, and Bunny doesn’t bother her, or the sound of a tractor or truck firing up.  She has gained so much knowledge just in the short time she has been on the HK Bar. But then again, she came with alot of social skills.

Her very first show is on May 29th. She will show in two or three halter classes. So between now and then we need to work on firming up our trailering skills, wearing a shoe halter, and bathing and clipping. Eeeek!