Here you can "spend quality time with cows and miniature horses: brushing, petting, playing, sharing space or snuggling up to the cows while they are lying down."
I'm sure you're no stranger to the craze surrounding yogic activities that involve animals like goats, cats, and bunnies? Yes, you heard me right, bunny yoga is a thing and so is goat cuddling, and I am obsessed!
Amid these aww-evoking wellness fads, arises another- cow cuddling! According to a Business Insider report, there is a farm in upstate New York that is now offering a warm and cuddly therapeutic service to improve your mooooooood instantly!
Mountain Horse Farm offers this unique opportunity for people who crave some time away from the tedious hustle bustle of city life. If you are someone who is desperately seeking a soothing experience that reconnects you to Mother Nature then this is your stop.
This place provides "Lodging-Wellness-Horses-Retreat" according to its website. Among several relaxation activities, this facility also offers a unique Horse & Cow experience which is unlike any other.
In these allotted sessions, you get to cuddle with these mini cuties and it happens to be very comforting and heartwarming. This particular experience is said to be "a unique way of connecting, interacting, getting close, playing, learning, sharing space, finding wellness and having fun with our herd of horses and cows. It does not involve riding horses. All interactions are done on the ground and no prior experience is necessary," according to the website.
It also bestows an opportunity upon farm-animal lovers that "can bring relaxation, healing, awareness about your body language, comfort, mindfulness, build assertiveness, help with overcoming fear, build confidence, lets you be playful and teaches you to set boundaries."
Through their "equine assisted learning and wellness sessions", the Mountain Horse Farm helps "people suffering from stress, anxiety, grief and loss, as well as personal development sessions to improve skills to set boundaries and build assertiveness."
The wellness retreat center concentrates on giving you an experience custom-tailored to your preference. This is where the cows come in as they are the most genuine cuddlers due to their sensitive and intuitive nature describes the website.
"Cows have a body temperature that is slightly higher than humans and their heart rate is lower than ours. Cuddling up with a cow, feeling that lower heart rate and higher body temperature, is very relaxing," it reads.
Now, if you are looking for a supervised counseling session to benefit your personal development then opting for the horse sessions would be the best idea!
Certified by the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association), the farm carries out a "process by creating a safe space for you to heal, grow and learn. Sessions are experiential meaning that the focus is on 'doing' rather than 'talking'. This relieves the pressure to verbalize and explain feelings, yet you are still able to process your experiences at a deeper level."
Speaking about the benefits of these sessions, the website reads: "You will have the opportunity to process your emotions and gain awareness of your behavior and body language while you interact with the horses. As prey animals, horses are highly attuned to their environment as they search for predators and threats to their herd. Additionally, they are highly social and intelligent creatures. They pick up on our non-verbal cues and respond to them immediately in a non-judgmental and authentic way."
"This mirroring process will show you how your body language and internal state affects your interactions with others. The horses will help you learn to self-regulate, and manage your emotions, and change your behavior in a way that improves your well-being, connection and communication with others," it continues. The facility charges two people a total of $300 for a 90-minute equine session like this.
$300 to snuggle with a cow for 90 minutes?????????😉😉😉😉😉😭😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/LqqyFLbLAN— Lola (@T_Dunnuck) June 30, 2019
As per the information provided on the website, the visitors are allowed to pet these furry animals by brushing their hair and playing with them. "Spend quality time with our cows and miniature horses: brushing, petting, playing, sharing space or snuggling up to the cows while they are lying down," reads the website.
Furthermore, they also list the cost for a 60-minute cow session for two people at $75 and an additional $50 for a total of 4 people for the same duration.
Furthermore, the site promises a "fun" and "relaxing experience," however they do intimate the possibility of these cows not lying down during the session. It reads: "It's a fun and very relaxing experience." Besides being a luxurious farm, it also offers B&B services "in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY."
This beautiful 33 acres property is surrounded by the Bristol Hills which is indeed a sight to behold! They also offer several massage packages that are sure to lure you in. So what are you waiting for? Book your sessions today!