Quit horsing around – farm that takes its guests riding sounds like it’s having a cow
Quit horsing around – is literally what one farm has done, after it started offering rides on COWS.
Bolderhof Farm, in the Swiss Alps, began offering its guests rides on cows after owner Heinz Morgenegg, found that their temperament meant they would be less likely to bolt than horses.
Since the dairy cows weren’t phased by any sudden movements or noises, it meant that any guests who aren’t acquainted with equestrianism wouldn’t end up in a bale of hay.
According to Heinz, the farm has eight cows that are used for riding and can take tourists on alpine trips for up to four hours a day.
Thanks to the slow pace as well, those who get sore of the saddle can easily switch around with a friend walking along next to the expedition.
While the sight of a cow and rider is quite unusual, Heinz is sure that his farm is well equipped to handle his new business and trains the cows to be able to handle the extra weight.
The treks that are offered by the farm cost SFr 95.00 (£66) and SFr 150 (£104.50) for an hour-and-a-half trek and four hour trek respectively.
Fortunately for tired riders, the farm puts on lavish spreads of fresh, organic meat and vegetables for all its guests.
Heinz said: “Some of the cows love to be ridden and they are so much sturdier than horses – if something surprising happens around you, the cow will just turn and have a look.
“The cows have to be trained to get used to a person’s weight on their back, but learn ‘stop’ and ‘go’ but otherwise it’s pretty easy.
“A cow won’t start trotting or galloping, the pace is much slower than a horse – the only issue that you might have is if the cow takes an interest in something, then you have to wait a little for it to be done.
“Cows are great for children and beginner riders – you don’t need to have lots of experience like when you handle a horse.
“But we don’t treat our cows cruelly. If a cow shows when it is first trained that it does not want to be ridden, we won’t force it. It should be fun for both the animal and its rider.
“In that situation, we are more than happy to use it as a dairy milk cow.”