The storm blew out our north windows completely so our kitchen and living room were filled with glass, rain and hail. It broke the out pane on all east windows but thank goodness they didn't break completely also. The tin we had that was going to be put up on the other side of our house blew away and took out our fences and bent fence posts, and panels were all tipped over. It even moved our metal framed stall shed for the horses. Luckily the horses escaped and the tin didn't hit either of them (one of my worst fear). We found the horses at the end of the field that's south of us, standing in a river (1 1/2 feet deep) of rain and hail running off of all the hills around us. My gelding, Ike, that I've been working with walked right up to me, thank goodness, and then Tex walked back next to us. Anything we had outside was destroyed.
The crops around us look like it's Autumn and harvest is going. They look like they've been shredded off! The stalks are bent over at a couple feet tall and any beans are just twigs a few inches tall.
All of our vehicles have windows blown out of them, and our parents that live just down the hill from us had their out buildings pickup and thrown out into the neighboring corn field! Luckily we were ok... can you believe out house made it through that? We determined that the pivots that were flipped ran east and west and those that didn't were running north and south. Our house is running north and south and we're pretty sure that's the only reason it's still standing!
Insurance has been out already and should take care of all our damage which is comforting. Right now we don't have a drivable vehicle and have been living at out parents house for the last few days. We did get the living room and kitchen cleaned up so we should be able to move back home today or so. We are already looking at some different options of building a small house with a basement so we know we have someplace to go in those kinds of situations.
Have you ever been in a storm like this? It's scary... especially since all you can do is watch and feel completely vulnerable because you can't do anything or go anywhere!
It's kind of ironic because the article I did that day was on pasture care and getting rid of weeds. Well the weeds are gone now hahaha! Now the grass should grow good with the heat and rain.
The horses are back home and fence is back up. My husband gives me a hard time because I'm always so worried about the "damn horses" but I have to because they rely on me. The neighbor lost half of his chickens because his coop was taken in the storm and landed in our parents pond out in the pasture. I feel so bad for the animals because they can't do anything in a situation like that. At least our horses were able to run and find shelter. They ended up by the bales stacked at the end of the field. The dogs fared pretty good. Missy took shelter in the dog house on the south side of the house, but Gunner took off out into the storm. We weren't able to find him that night but the next morning when we went up to look at damage he was home!
The plan now is to get everything outside cleaned up. We have tin and barrels out in the field south of us that needs gathered up. Maybe I'll teach Ike how to drive and have him drag all the pieces home... that would be cool.
I'll give an update later on about our progress and get you an article that's back on track with the horses and what's next in the training schedule.
I'd love to hear about some of your personal training techniques or any questions you have on certain issues!