About Treinen Farm Hayrides
Step into the wagon, find your seat on a blanket of hay, and let our Belgian draft horses take you on a journey through time to a gentler era, accompanied by the easy clop-clop-clop of hooves. Past the pond, past tall rows of corn, up a tree-lined lane to an enormous field covered in acres of tangled vines laden with pumpkins of every shape and size.
HAYRIDE SCHEDULE OCTOBER 2015
(Hayrides run continuously during these hours)
Fridays: 3 pm to 5 pm
Saturdays: 10:30 am to 5:00pm
Sundays: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Horse Health and Safety
At the Treinen Farm, we want visitors to be healthy and happy–and we also want that for our horses!
The Treinen Farm’s draft horses are an iconic part of the experience, and we strive to make every ride horse-drawn. However, in the case of horse sickness, lameness, excessive heat, dangerously slippery conditions, or extremely busy days, we will put a tractor-drawn wagon into the rotation to make sure the horses are safe and not overworked, and that guests get to the pumpkin patch in a timely fashion. You can always wait for the next horse-drawn ride if you wish, and definitely hop on a horse wagon on the way back if you ride the tractor wagon on the way out.
Treinen Farm Draft Horses
Alan Treinen got his first horse, Tonka, at age sixteen (and had his first broken arm a week later…) He bought his first team of Belgians, Pat and Mike, in 1990, and started giving wagon rides at a campground down the road. Once he began planting pumpkins and giving hayrides, the Treinen Farm draft horses have become an area icon.
We now have fifteen draft horses on the farm, and five of them were born here. We spend a lot of the summer baling hay for the horses to eat in the winter, and we are training the young ones to eventually pull the hayride wagons. The horses are a very important part of the Treinen Farm experience–don’t miss a horse-drawn hayride, and a visit with the new foals!
Young horses need to be taught to tolerate scary and unexpected things, and it turns out the Jessie doesn’t even mind being on a teeter-totter–and this is her first time trying it. (Most horses would not be okay with this!)
Check out our new 2015 foals, Flirt (a black Percheron) and Dolly (a brown Belgian.) They are both fillies (females) and were born in May 2015. This video shows Dolly’s birth and the foals having fun.
Jessie and Josie (born 2013)
Dolly only a few minutes old
Louie and Leon -- new in 2015
Julie made a shawl to protect Maggie's skin injury
Dot (born 2014) being her adorable self