Prairie Creek Ranch updated their business hours.
At Prairie Creek Ranch we are "Training for the Real Thing..." We enjoy horses and God's creation together as we gain skills for a lifetime and beyond.
Prairie Creek Ranch updated their business hours.
On our ranch, we have seven wonderful horses. Four of the horses are boarded here, and three belong to us. Our horses are Wrigley, Lucy, and King. They are at prime ages (10,11,12) and all doing well. However, with running the ranch (and being a wife, a mom, a grandma) I am finding it increasingly difficult to find the time to give each one of them the attention that they deserve. With that in mind, I am looking for someone who is interested in leasing King at our ranch. He is a bay 15’2 hand 12 year old standbred who has excellent manners. He has been at our ranch for 5 years following his retirement from harness racing. I taught him to ride under saddle and he is doing well. He is a right brained horse who will give you his heart if you treat him well. I am looking for someone who is patient, skilled, and committed to building into this horse. King has high ringbone in his back left leg but is staying sound with light use and regular turn out. Please contact me if you are interested in leasing him and would enjoy being a part of our ranch family.
This summer I plunged into a whole new area of horse care. I attended classes at Mackinaw Dells 2 to learn how to trim our horses’ hooves. It has been an incredible adventure and I have felt both stretched by the learning and inspired by Ida Hammer’s instruction. Thank you Ida for being such a skilled and motivational instructor.
Yesterday was a great day on the ranch! All of us gals were at the barn at the same time as Ida Hammer came to trim our horses. Love our boarders! Love their horses! Love doing ranch life together! You gals are the best!
Yesterday the horses decided to throw a dirty horse contest. These are the top three contestants. I voted Wrigley #1, Felix#2 and Izzy #3. Lucy didn’t roll a s she was pristinely clean yesterday. Guess who I decided to ride???
We added to our barn family today. Congratulations Deb Love on your beautiful new mare....Isabeau!!!! So excited for you two!!!! You are going to be a dynamic duo! Can’t wait to watch your partnership grow!!
Thank you Margaret Clayton for hosting the ARIA testing sight at Palladia Farms this week. Really enjoyed meeting fellow instructors and so proud to be a part of the American Riding Instrucor Association!
Joyful workers starting the morning at my side. Feeding each horse with eagerness, using super gecko muscles to clean the corral, and acknowledging each horse with a hearty hello!!! Cal and Rome you make my morning so fun!!!!
Cal has been talking about riding Lucy for a month now. Today he had his “first ride” on her. It consisted of getting on and off two times and giving her rubs while he sat in the saddle. So proud of Cal for getting on a big horse, and for Lucy taking such good care of him!! She seems to know that kids are precious cargo, and she is right about that!!! Love sharing horses with our grandkids!
This boy brings so much joy! He has picked up the ranch dog responsibility with enthusiasm and athleticism! He loves being at my side down at the barn, loves welcoming every visitor, and thinks the gator is his personal vehicle! Thanking the Lord for Oakley this morning!! He came as a puppy to our ranch last spring and is a one year old 87lb golden this summer!
Our barn was closed to visitors this spring due to Covid. Spring lessons and horse camp were cancelled too. But I continue to dream about when lessons can resume. I love my students and miss each one greatly!! Saw this post and remembered again why I love teaching!! The barn is such a great place to grow as a person and I have seen so many of you develop the skills mentioned in this post. I am proud of each one of you and look forward to having you back!!!
Just one spot left for summer horse camp! Who else wants to join us this summer?
Offering a camp this summer! Spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Spots are limited and $50 deposit is required to save a spot. Contact me at 696-9919 if you are interested!
You can learn a lot from watching!
You can learn a lot from watching! (Our grandson Rome!)
“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.” Psalm 145:4,6
Just want to say.... God always provides when we trust him to lead. Thanking God for providing a wonderful lesson horse to fill Mike’s spot. Scarlett came to our barn on lease for fall lessons. It has been a joy to see the students love and work with another horse ..... and realize that their skills transfer over just fine!! I love seeing God at work at our ranch. The horse, student relationship is always inspiring, as they work as partners and friends. Thank you Arlene Nauman for sharing your delightful 23 year Scarlett with us! She is loving her work, and we love her!
This week has been a sad one at our barn. We said goodbye to our sweet Arabian Mike. He was the rock of our barn for almost 20 years. He was our first horse. He was our herd leader. And he was loved by many. We will miss you Mike!
Getting ready to go down the barn and ride.... but couldn’t resist a pause at the lake. It draws me in with its winter beauty. Something about the dormant foliage and quietness that speaks to my soul. I love the crisp air mixed with winter sun! Nothing wrong with Illinois winters!!
We said goodbye to Gabe last week. We are missing him greatly. Thank you to each one of you who loved on him when you came out to the ranch. He was a member of our family, a dear friend, and a ranch dog supreme. We loved that dog!! Here is the tribute that I sent to our kids the day we put him down.
2/14/04 - 12/18/18
Pondering the tremendous blessing this dog has been to our family. A part of your growing up years, always there to welcome you home, my barn buddy, the "boy in the hallway" chill and lovable. A part of the rhythm of life. The past two days have been tender sweet. Gabe and I sat down to enjoy our last sunset together last night. Travis came home and gave him lots of love. Rachel helped take pictures and told him how much she is going to miss having him in the house, and your dad lovingly dug his grave near the forest edge. This morning he was extremely weak from not haven eaten for a few days. But, when I put on my coveralls he wanted to go down to the barn with me one last time. I didn't think he could make it. But he did. Just like he has done for 14 years. He even went down to the creek to sip cool water from his wonderful ranch. He lived a good life.I took this picture to share with you all. Gonna miss him. Thanking God for the gift of Gabe. He was a gift to us all.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under the sun” Ecclesiastes 3:1
And for today, that matter is reflecting on the wonderful summer you gave us Lord, on Prairie Creek Ranch. Thank you for the high schoolers who were wranglers, for horses who are healthy and happy, and for Kalahan our ranch hand who kept the place beautiful and in order. This is your place, Lord, and I love seeing who you bring here, what you teach us about you as we work with our horses. Everything about this place makes me happy! As I look back on these photos, I smile!
Thanking God for ranch fun in 2017! I continue to be amazed at the horses, people, and memories being built here. Thank you to each one of you who were a part. Love you all so much!
My first dressage show with Wrigley. I love learning new skills with this horse! Thanks Levi and Jacie for making sure he was perfectly groomed!
Here is the story about King Mufasa's accident. Truly an amazing story of courage and love. To know King Mufasa is to love him!
Teaching King Mufasa a new discipline! Trail riding on the ranch. He is a quick learner and a ton of fun to ride!
One year ago King Mufasa came to our retire at our barn. He was a champion race horse who survived a severe accident. God has has his hand all over this horse. He allowed him to have a full recovery. Those who cared for him fell in love with him. He is one of a kind! This past week his owners gifted him to us. Welcome to the family King Mufasa! We love you!
Can you feel the love? Mike and River grooming each other. I think they are missing their daily grooming from the ranch girls. Time to have their student riders back!!! Lessons begin August 29!
25655 Iron Mountain Rd
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