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Hail to Pay 

So the HK Bar had a major hail storm hit about 1 pm today. Golf ball size hail, high winds, and a torrential downpour. 

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I posted a video I took during the very beginning of it all. The hail was only about quarter sized at this point but coming down fast. 



My brand new Yukon, my Dodge, and my husbands Dodge truck are all battered….. 


The siding on our house has holes all over in it……


The three photos above are pictures taken four hours after the hail…still piles of it everywhere…

I immediately phoned all of our insurance companies on the house and vehicles. I asked husband to call in our crops damage (alfalfa total worth about 10k)…..for him to look stricken and tell me he had not yet insured for the year. *sigh* 

Such the life of a rancher.. BUT here on the HK we try to keep our eyes on the 🌈 rainbow…. so we are praying God provides us deductible 💰 money…. And saying thank you that all our livestock is accounted for, safe and sound. 

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for strength, pray for recovery, pray for patience and goodwill. 

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Dr. Blitzen Manuel

So my therapist is quite hairy. He has a strange habit of raw hide bones, and he sometimes smells as if he has rolled in something not so alive anymore. But for all his quirks he has the best talk medicine. Silence. He listens without judgment. He looks on with those big soulful eyes as I spill my doubts, worries, and problems. I am so thankful for such a kind soul that makes my life so much more whole. So cheers to Dr. Blitzen Manuel and his life altering therapy!

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Up and Coming; Blitz Manny: Rescue dog

It has been awhile since I wrote a piece on Blitz Manny our almost two year old border collie that rescued me almost a year ago.when he came to the HK Bar he was a herding nightmare. He chased and killed chickens, he took cheap shots at the horses dashing in and out of their legs biting and barking all the while. He bellowed at the cows and played chicken with the Bulls. He wouldn’t walk on a leash- he would just fling himself about in blind fury. To say the least, he was a train wreck. But yet he is the sweetest soul I’ve met in awhile. He’s not in your face kind of guy. He has bouncy, contagious energy, and not a real mean bone in his body. Protective maybe, but not just outright blind rage. 

Cue to ten months of intensive work later and he now walks on a leash, respects the livestock, and has proudly been off live chickens as food for the past six months. He rides in the truck beautifully. He stays on the front porch and protects his farm. He barks and puffs up impressively when someone pulls in the drive. I love all these things about him! Like any good farm dog he owns his people and his job as overseer and protector. 

With Tucker and Bo having passed so recently and in such quick succession of one another, I feel blessed to be finding both dogs strengths in Blitz Manny. He truly will be one for the books. Hell, he already is at the tender age of almost two years old. I feel like a proud mom really having made this journey with him so far. 

HIs favorite things to do are ride in the truck with me, and chasing his basketball/football/soccer/baseballs/soft balls till he is lay down tired. He also really loves his girls. He is a gentle ball of energy if that makes any sense at all. He has an obvious distate for my husband. But I think that is the difference of heelers and border collies. A heeler will forgive rough handling and love their person blindly. A border collie on the other hand will remember harsh handling. They are no fools for sure. My husband is from the old school theory of raising ranch dogs. He is firm to a fault and any small act of disobedience is dealt with swiftly and harshly. (Never to the point it causes any physical injury, just a very stern approach). I on the other hand am of the school of thought that repetition and good reinforcement is the key. I don’t believe punish harshly when they do wrong, but praise excessively when they do right. I think this builds a stronger bond with me and my dogs. They want to work for me, they want to protect me, they want to please me. Not because I demand it, but because they come to see they want my approval. 

Anyhow, I am just so pleased with where Blitz Manny is in his journey as an HK Bar dog. Now we just need to work on not chasing the tractor when I am feeding hay, and then on to house breaking! He recently was invited in for a brief hour and he promptly lifted his leg and pissed all over our house cat Eli. I couldn’t help but laugh, but I won’t have a pee pot in my clean house!

What a little wonder dog our Blitz Manny is. I wish more people would take the time and energy to invest in a rescue dog. They really do deserve every opportunity in life. I’m so thankful my little guy has come to live with us. He makes me smile, he makes me proud, and he makes me realize I to can make huge strides and changes in my life toward the positive, no matter what. 

Cheers to Blitz Manny for transforming, and for transforming me. 

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Day #185 Show Debut!

On Flash’s 185th day on the HK Bar we celebrated OFF the HK Bar, at Topeka Expo Center! It was Flash’s very first show. She showed in paint/pinto halter as well as Horse, 2 years and under. We placed second place under both judges in Horse 2 and under. Wahoo!

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Flash and I in a HUGE paint/pinto class. Over 12 entries!

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Flash and I taking a selfie after halter classes

Flash was a rock star from the beginning of her bath. All the way through trailering and prepping for the show once we were there. I kept wondering when we would bobble. She acted like a well seasoned show horse! (Except we don’t know how to square up yet). I was truly amazed at how well she did. Especially at an indoor arena she has never seen! There was so much going on in the expo center, as well as a fair going on next door!

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Flash asleep at the trailer after her classes. Nothing fazed her, not even the loud fair going on behind her.

Just another testament to the quality of horses the Double J out of Eskridge Kansas is producing. Great job J.D. and Jana Dreasher!

I have had such a wonderful experience with Flash. From learning to cross puddles, load in a trailer with confidence, and now on to a show career! I look forward to decades more summers of shows, with her as my partner!

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Day #165 Yeah So This Happened Today

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My dear Flash is growing….and growing…and still growing! If you see in the picture above we have nice tightly strung six strand barbed wire fence. The top strand is just above the tip of Flash’s ear. Today I had taken her and put her in the “big horse pasture”. The one where Jo, Katelyn, and Romeo are pastured. (Jo is currently out for training.) I have put Flash in with Katelyn and Romeo the past few days to socialize and to be able to run wide open easier, as thier pasture is bigger. All had been going well……until today…..

Remember that nicely strung six foot fence? Flash decided she wanted to get back to her best friend, Grace, whom was in the smaller pen. My husband and I watched in fascinated horror as she took a beautiful, graceful, flying leap over said fence. When her four feet hit the ground on the other side, not a hair out of place, she trotted over to the fence by Grace. After my moment of shock and horror and checking her over to see she had no injury, I said to my husband, ” I’ll be damned! That was incredible! She’s a yearling and just cleared that fence from a standing position… “. I have to admit I was a bit proud. And what a beautiful jump!! My husband looked at me like I’d lost my damn mind and said, ” Yeah, this should be fun! A horse that jumps five foot fences. Just think what she will be like in a year when shes bigger!” I just smiled and said, “I know! Isn’t she talented!?”  He shook his head and walked away.

I get it! She could have been torn to ribbons if she hadn’t cleared it. So many things could have gone wrong. But they didn’t, she just wanted to get back to her little bestie, Grace. And she cleared that fence as if she was a seasoned eventer. There was no hesitation! It was a clean, calculated move.

So maybe I have an eventer on my hands…..at best she has natural talent, at worst she is so deeply attached to her mini friend Grace, I may have to haul both together….  Forevor lol…..