Tammy Tiedtke walks Switch out of her barn to stretch his legs after being assessed by the chiropractor. When the horses are not in their stables, they often roam around the four-acre area fenced off for them on the grounds (Sept. 27, 2014).
From left to right, Tammy Tiedtke, Peyton Tiedtke, Julia Litmer, Kailey Dean, and Corey Richardson watch as chiropractor Deanna Milhoan checks Wildfire’s spine. Wildfire needed his pelvis realigned after competing in a showmanship race with Dean on Sept. 23, 2014.
Peyton Tiedtke rinses the mane of her mother’s new pony, preparing to show it at the Morgan Country Fair. Tiedtke said, “I love this shampoo, it makes him smell like strawberry shortcake instead of poop. It probably won’t last long though.” (Sept. 5, 2014).
Kailey Dean, left, and Corey Richardson, right, trims the mane of Richardson’s horse, Switch. Dean was given the job to distract the horse and prevent him from moving too much. Richardson told Dean, “If my horse looks jacked up, I’ll cut your hair too!” (Sept. 23, 2014).
Garrett Davis, left, and Deanna Milhoan laugh after Richardson’s horse, Switch, whinnied with happiness after having its back cracked. Milhoan said, “I could feel all of his tension just relax after his back was cracked, I bet that felt great!” (Sept. 23, 2014).
Peyton Tiedtke cleans the hooves Butterscotch of any rocks and debris after taking him on a run around the farm. Any debris that is not regularly cleared from the hooves of the horses and ponies has the potential to harm the animals (Sept. 5, 2014).
Peyton Tiedtke, left, and Kailey Dean, right, play with the two of the four kittens that live in the barn. Dean tried to calm her kitten that was swatting and playing with the girls’ long hair (Sept. 23, 2014).
One of the Tiedtke’s four unnamed kittens found its way into a hole in Wildfire’s stable. The kitten sat confused for a few minutes, trying to figure out how to back out once it found that it could not go anywhere else (Sept. 27, 2014).
Peyton Tiedtke pets and talks to her horse, Buttons after feeding him treats. “I know you might think I’m being crazy talking to him but he’s a good listener.” (Sept. 27, 2014)
Peyton Tiedtke locks the gate to the barn after taking her mother’s pony outside to dry off. The pony immediately decided to roll around in the dirt after getting its bath (Sept. 5, 2014).