Our Ranch Facilities
Spring Valley Ranch is located on 40 acres in North Ironwood. Although only 5 miles from US Highway 2, the ranch is nevertheless secluded. Our nearest neighbors are only 1/4 mile away, but we are surrounded by woods and fields.
Our barn is a modern pole building, built in 1997. The barn has 11 box stalls and tack room. It is entirely insulated, keeping horses and riders comfortable summer or winter, and is connected to the indoor arena and hay barn. This lay-out is ideal for cold, snowy winter days! A second tack room was added in the spring of 2011 in one corner of the indoor arena. The outdoor arena and turn-out corrals are also in close proximity to the barn.
We have 5 seperate improved pastures, fenced with electric rope or electric tape. All but one pasture is connected to a corral next to barn. That one pasture has it's own run-in shelter. All the pastures have some trees for shade.
Horses grazing in summer pasture
A 10 acre hay field provides much of the hay fed on our farm. We also lease land next door, right across Spring Creek. We firmly believe that growing our own hay (and sometimes grain) allows us to control costs and quality of the feed we use more closely. It also has given our sons a chance to learn about farm machinery and sometimes earn a little extra money selling extra hay. Lane purchased tillage equipment and a self-propelled Oliver combine while he was still in high school. He is our crop and land specialist and worked to improve the land and crop yields at our home fields and leased land and now is improving his own fields at Double R Farm in Kimball, WI.
Spring Valley Ranch boarders Spring Creek. A trail through the woods from the back of our hayfield leads to the Montreal River which is the border between Michigan and Wisconsin! Virtually all the land north and west of us for miles is forested timber land. We have unlimited miles of gravel and logging roads for great riding!
Whether riding horses or raising cattle, racing sled dogs and stock cars, or hunting and trapping, Spring Valley Ranch has been a great place for Rod and Doreen and their kids for the past 31 years.
Spring Valley Ranch
One of two outdoor arena's
Lane combining oats
Lane bales hay for the coming winter's feed.