The stars of the farm
October 14, 2019:
Due to slippery conditions on the trail to the pumpkin patch, hayrides this weekend will likely be pulled by tractors.
The horses will be available for petting, pictures, and general adoration, though.
- Maggie and Mabel
- Queen and Babe
- Louie and Leon
- Moby and Jester
- Jessie and Josie
- Flirt, Flint, Dot — In Training
- Dick and Doc — Retired
Louie and Leon, our Percheron team
Our history with 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 became an area icon. We now have sixteen 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.
Meet a gentle draft horse
Our biggest horses weigh about 2,000 lbs
We ♥ our horses
We know our visitors do too
The Treinen Farm’s draft horses are an iconic part of the experience, and we strive to make every hayride a horse-drawn one.
Sometimes though, excessive heat, slippery conditions, fatigue, or illness means we need to take one or more of our teams temporarily out of rotation to protect our horses’ health and safety. When that happens, we schedule tractor-drawn hayrides so that our guests can get to the pumpkin patch in a timely fashion. Guests who have their hearts set on a horse-drawn hayride can always wait for the next one, and definitely hop on a horse wagon on the way back if they ride the tractor wagon on the way out.
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 our2015 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.