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  • Pasture and/or free choice hay (as appropriate)

  • Diet individually balanced by Praxis Equine

  • 24 hour semi-private turnout

  • Shelter at all times, fans in the summer

  • Hooves trimmed and grooming every 8 weeks

  • Year-round deworming based on FEC

  • Annual (spring) veterinary exam including core vaccines, dental exam and sheath cleaning (as appropriate)



  • Pasture and/or free choice hay (as appropriate)

  • Diet individually balanced by Praxis Equine

  • Daily semi-private or private turnout

  • Shelter at all times, fans in the summer

  • Hooves trimmed and grooming every 8 weeks

  • Year-round deworming based on FEC

  • Annual (spring) veterinary exam including core vaccines, dental exam and sheath cleaning (as appropriate)

  • Stalled daily

  • Hay and water provided in the well-bedded stall

Other services are available, such as: weekly grooming, blanketing, additional feed and/or supplements.  We work together to give your horse what he or she needs, but yet be considerate of your budget.

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Chris and Nanette Osterhoudt own and manage the facility. Living on a small farm in a beautiful, rural area has been a dream come true for both of us. We both have a deep love for animals and are an unbeatable team.

We have worked with horses together for our 15+ years of marriage and been active in the horse world while living in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York and Michigan. We have successfully raised and shown Shire horses in addition to owning and caring for many other breeds in various disciplines. Nan has years of successful experience training and showing dressage.

Nan has over 35 years experience with horses, has cared for large (and small) animals as a profession, and has over 15 years of managerial experience. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, with an Animal Science concentration. We welcome the opportunity to provide references to prospective clients.

Nan and Marci
Corva and Jodie
Fergie, Nan, Chris, Belle and Red
Nan & Donny
Ellie, Nan and Corva
Ellie and Nan
Nan and Corva
Bernie, Belle, Red, Sam & Fergie
Nan and Frank
Bernie, Chris, Nan, Red & Fergie


Friends we've made here at Bronken Creek

Our Current Residents


1979 Arabian/Appaloosa Gelding

Silver has been there and done that ... several times over! He's healthy, personable, handsome and he drew the lucky straw when his dad rescued him years ago. Here's to many more years in our pastures!


1990 Hanoverian Gelding

Cambridge competed as a hunter jumper in Massachusets before his retirement. He is originally from Germany, and spent some time in the Midwest as a youngster. Cambridge is a big guy - he is handsome and sweet and accomodates the shorter humans that he encounters :) We have discovered his itchy spots and make sure he has plenty of shavings for his roll every evening when he comes back into his stall.


1990 Throughbred Gelding

Nicky came to us from Minnesota, where his owner met him and promoted him to a much improved life. Nicky is a great guy - greeting us politely (but not quietly!) for his meals and generally enjoying life.


1991 Thoroughbred Gelding

Andy was a successful hunter jumper in Massachusets in his younger days. He still shows the style and movement he had in the show ring - with the added benefit of loving to roll where he will get the most dirt coverage now that he is retired! Andy has perfect manners and loves being groomed, turnout time and eating.


1995 Appaloosa Gelding

Bear Paw has a huge presence, which is backed by him being a super-sweet and well-mannered guy. We enjoy having him on our farm!


1995 Hanoverian Gelding

Ramazotti joined us from Massachusets, introducing himselfl as he walked off the trailer and fitting in instantly. He is handsome, affectionate and quite the talker!


1995 Warmblood Mare

Libby is a big, beautiful mare with presence. I would have loved to see her in the show ring - she has that extra something! She's enjoying her days relaxing with her friend :)


1996 Dutch Warmblood Gelding

Al is the guy everyone greets first! He has been calm and cool from the time he stepped off the trailer, going so far as falling asleep in cross-ties :) There is nothing not to love about Al.


1998 Paint Gelding

Sunny not only turns heads with his good looks (I dont think I need to say more than 'Bay Medicine Hat Paint'...); he is also affectionate and has wonderful manners. We look forward to many years with Sunny!


1999 Mustang Gelding

Musty is a very handsome guy and struts his stuff for all his neighbors. He has lived in a herd and plays well with others. He's a great guy!


1999 Mustang Mare

Bella is a beautiful mare, but "sweet and cute" will probably always be the top way to describe her :) She is wonderful to work with and be around. We are very lucky she came to our facility!


1999 Shire Mare

Jodie is one of Chris and Nan's Shire mares, retired from being a broodmare ... maintaining her status as beloved pasture pet. She's originally from England and has lived in Wisconsin since 2005. She's a great lady with just the right amount of attitude.


2000 Thoroughbred Gelding

Neiko stepped off the trailer the perfect gentleman, and has continued to set the bar high. He is handsome and friendly and well-mannered. We are lucky to have Neiko living with us!


2001 Tennessee Walker Gelding

Batman is a handsome and smart guy who enjoyed the trails with his owner for several years. We look forward to many years with him!


2004 Thoroughbred Mare

We are so happy to have another mare in the herd! Kahlia is super-sweet, intelligent and full of expression. She's settling in wonderfully :)


2008 Morgan Mare

Hush is a smart, beautiful and fancy mare! She loves to show off and is your best friend if you talk 'horse':)


2009 Trakehner Gelding

Brando is handsome, smart and sensible. He is a pleasure to work with - we are very lucky to have him at our facility. He even poses for photos! :)

Former Friends


1978-2012 Arabian Gelding

Frank had done everything. He hadn't lost much of his spunk either. He frequently galloped up for his breakfast and caused a big ruckus when things didn't go his way.


1986-2015 Morgan Mare

Donny was a very accomplished Driving mare - both in the show ring and out having fun for 2 generations of owners in MinneSota! She pistoned out a ground-covering and showy trot daily in her retirement and drew all the eyes to her. We loved her personality - she had many facial expressions, was a great problem-solver and we trusted her unconditionally. She was a lovely mare and we were lucky to have her here.


1988 Morgan Gelding

Scooter is a handsome and intelligent guy who seems half his age! We were happy to have Scooter relaxing and enjoying life at our facility!


1989-2016 Missouri Fox Trotter Gelding

Casey was right there saying hello when we walked in the barn. He came to us to retire together with his buddy Chips! We are happy knowing we provided him a great retirement with a great companion, caring attention and lots of food!


1989-2017 Quarter Horse Gelding

Cooper was smart and sensible with perfect manners. He was happy just relaxing at pasture :)


1990 Trakehner Gelding

Leo holds a special spot in our hearts. He was Marci's pasturemate and our first boarded retiree. Leo (or 'Nudge', as we often called him - for reasons you can deduce) was an upper level dressage horse in his day and it was obvious from the moment you first saw him. He was polite and you could not ignore his presence - what a personality! Leo left us to be near his 'Mom' when she moved elsewhere in Wisconsin - always a happy reason for leaving!


1990-2011 Thoroughbred Mare

She was trained and shown successfully through second level dressage, schooling third. She was one of the sweetest horses you will ever meet - kind and caring to humans and other horses. She's our 'Princess Marcella'. Marci moved when Nan moved - from Minnesota to New York to Michigan and finally to Wisconsin.


1990-2017 Westphalian Gelding

William still looked like a teenager, which is a compliment to the great care his owner has provided him through the years. He earned that top-level care, being a very accomplished jumper and a super-cool horse to boot.


1991 Dutch Warmblood Gelding

Benjamin spent his early career in the jumper ring in Mexico and when his current owner purchased him in Texas and changed his name he competed in the level 3's and 4's, taking very good care of her and jumping anything that was in front of him. His heart was as big as he is but he ironically could be afraid of his own shadow which can cause him to jump into your pocket. He never knew he wouldn't fit. Benjamin came to us from Illinois and enjoyed the retired life with us for over a decade.


1992 & 1997 Norwegian Fjord Mares

Nan's 'Pasture Ornament' companions.


1992 Standardbred Mare

Georgia is a delicate girl with a sweet disposition and excellent manners. She and her Mom have a wonderful bond, which is great to see. Georgia had a life in harness racing, then polo before getting her lucky break meeting her current owner. Miss Georgia lived with us for several months while her owner moved to a new area and found a perfect place for Georgia to live in Indiana. We look forward to updates on how they are doing in their new home.


1992-2018 Thoroughbred Gelding

Homer was super SWEET and super SMART! He instantly became Andy's best friend and was a wonderful horse to be around. He will be missed.


1993 Dutch Warmblood Gelding

Fred is a charmer. He's easy to work with, friendly and has alot of personality! He is now living closer to his owner - always a good thing :)


1994-2020 Dutch Warmblood Gelding

Oliver was a handsome and intelligent guy. He was a very successful hunter jumper in Illinois in his prime. Oliver enjoys the comforts of retired life - his current favorites were rolling, grazing, weekly grooming (don't forget extra time rubbing his forehead) and apple slices. He was one we counted on for not just a greeting, but a conversation as we bring hay out.


1996 Missouri Fox Trotter Gelding

Was one of the smartest and well mannered we have known. It was our honor to adopt Chips and provide him with a relaxing retirement.


1997 Hanoverian Gelding

Donovan is a big, handsome, well-mannered guy who exudes sweetness :) He's wonderful to be around and we were happy to know him! Donovan moved to be very close to his Mom.


1999 Appaloosa Gelding

Tucson is a big, easy-going, good looking guy. He has wonderful manners and a "been there, done that" attitude. He left to be closer to his Mom :)


2001 Oldenburg Gelding

We knew Finey as a foal, his Owner is a wonderful friend of ours! He has grown into a handsome, BIG guy with a loving personality and showstopping trot. He is loving retirement and are happy that Finey moved back home with his mom!


2004 & 1989 Swedish Warmblood Mares

Qiwi and Ida (Grandmother & Granddaughter) are fellow Wisconsin horses who lived with us temporarily. They are beautiful, healthy, wonderfully trained mares with personalities plus! We loved having them with us.


2005 Oldenburg Mare

We cared for Pabby in her mid-late pregnancy. She is a stunning mare, bred to an amazing stallion - and she produced a healthy and beautiful filly!


2007 Appaloosa Gelding

Oofta is a great, Midwestern guy! He's sensible and quiet and easy to work with -- but he's also easy on the eyes! He moved to a facility where his Mom would be riding him :)


2011 Percheron Mare

Ruby lived with us temporarily between her previous and new homes in Wisconsin. She is a young, sweet, pretty draft girl who is very inquisitive and, of course, loves any food she is offered.


Andalusian X Gelding

What an exceptional guy! He is extremely personable, easy-going, smart and healthy. We are honored to care for Koby!


What is a 'Retirement Facility'?

We are a boarding facility specializing in care of retired, recuperating or other non-working horses. We provide individualized care at a reasonable price.

What makes you different than a traditional boarding facility?

The main difference is that we do not allow riding on our property. This keeps our insurance costs much lower. You are also not paying for the use and maintenance of riding facilities. Other potential differences may be: we have a strict quarantine policy to protect residents from exposure to new pathogens, we usually keep our horses outside in pairs with shelter in each paddock, and we happily offer many customization options. We follow the guidelines provided in 'AAEP Care Guidelines For Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities' published by The American Association of Equine Practitioners. Because it takes quite a bit of time and effort to settle a horse in to our facility, we prefer to have permanent rather than temporary boarders. To help cover some of these expenses, we do not refund your deposit if your horse resides here less than 6 months.

Where are you located and when may I visit my horse?

We are approximately 1.5 hours east of the Twin Cities, 15 miles off interstate 94. You may visit anytime. A courtesy call is appreciated but not required.

How much area will my horse live in?

Typically, compatible pairs will live in a 30' x 90' paddock with a run-in shelter. Each paddock has an attached 90' x 200-300' pasture which they are usually turned out in daily during pasture season. We can maintain horses in paddocks as dry lots as needed.

Who will my horse be turned out with?

We typically turn horses out in groups of two. We match them primarily in personality and energy level. Horses are fed concentrates separately.

What type of hay do you feed?

Our hay is purchased locally and is mixed grass and alfalfa. Each crop of our hay is forage tested and we use the analysis to formulate our horse's diets. All hay is stored in our pole barn, on pallets.

What concentrates do you feed?

We use to formulate diets for the horses, and refer to an Equine Nutritionist when we have problems or questions. Our horses typically receive a ration balancer and/or vitamin/mineral supplement appropriate for the forage they are eating at the time. We feed by weight - we base what we feed on the horse's weight and we weigh the concentrate for each feeding. If you prefer your horse receive a different type of feed, or if your horse needs a different diet - we will work with you to achieve this.

What about water?

We have heated automatic waterers in the paddocks. Stalled horses receive water in buckets (heated buckets in the winter).

What is your deworming program?

We deworm based on fecal egg counts (FECs) using a schedule approved by our veterinarian. New horses have a FEC and are dewormed during the quarantine period when they arrive here. The FEC determines their [strongyle] egg shedding/contamination potential. All horses are dewormed in Spring and Fall (after a hard frost). Horses who are medium shedders are additionally dewormed in July. High shedders are also dewormed in August. We will take additional steps if any horse shows clinical symptoms of parasitic disease. See the 'AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines' for more information on our approach.

What types of fencing do you use?

We primarily use Horseguard fence. Some areas have 2"x4" mesh horse fence with a strand of Horseguard along the top.

Will you blanket my horse?

We will blanket any horse who needs it for health reasons (they cannot maintain weight without blanketing, or they are not staying warm enough -as examples). We would ask you to provide well-fitting, waterproof medium weight and heavy weight turnout blankets. We do not use sheets, as all horses have shelter available at all time. We rely on them using it in wet and/or windy weather.

Will you take horses that crib?

Yes, we will board cribbers. We do not require they wear a collar.

Do you have a veterinarian nearby?

Our veterinary clinic makes farm calls regularly. They are available 24/7 and are approximately 1/2 hour drive from our farm. Our primary veterinarian is Past-President of the Wisconsin Equine Practitioners Association. We also have 2 Equine Hospitals within 1.5 hours of our facility.

What will you need sent with my horse?

Your horse will need proof of a negative EIA test within the previous 12 months. If he/she is coming from outside Wisconsin, they will also need a current certificate of veterinary inspection. Equipment-wise, we prefer your horse just comes with a halter and lead. Contact us about any additional equipment your horse might need while here.

What type of insurance is needed?

Our facility has commercial liability and 'care, custody & control' insurance coverages. We require you have liability insurance to cover claims involving your horse.

Will you haul my horse?

No, we do not transport horses.

What fly control do you provide?

We utilize fly predators, so most flies are not an issue here. All horses have access to shelter at all times and in the summer months, we have fans running in shelters and stalls. We use good sanitation, manure and weed management.

How often is someone around to watch over the horses?

Chris and Nan live on-site. We check on each horse a minimum of twice daily.

Will you send me updates on how my horse is doing?

Certainly! Upon your request, we will send you photos and/or video of your horse as often as you would like.

What horses do you take?

We will work with you to accommodate nearly any size, breed, or personality of horse.

How will you handle boarding rate increases?

Our plan is to increase board by 5% each time the Annual US Inflation Rate cumulatively increases 5%, or if our major supply costs increase by an unusually large amount. You should expect an increase every 2-3 years, according to historical data. Pricing was last set in 2018.

What are my options for End of Life arrangements for my horse?

We will help you and your horse as much or as little as you would prefer during this difficult time. We ask that you make some presumptive plans when you decide your horse will live here. You will provide an 'End of Life' deposit to cover euthanasia and associated expenses. The 'End of Life' deposit will be applied at the time it is needed and you will be refunded any remaining balance.

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E8431 1015th Avenue

Colfax, WI 54730

Tel: 715-817-5558

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