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“Cow Cuddling” Comes To New York Farm
Suzanne Vuller and Rudi own Mountain Horse Farm in upstate New York, a 33 acre parcel surrounded by the Bristol Hills, close to lakes, walking trails, estate wineries and breweries. The farm offers a unique blend of comfortable accommodations, relaxing wellness services . . . and friendly cows who like to cuddle.
The Vullers opened their farmhouse as a bed and breakfast in 2010, built a Carriage House in 2012, and have worked hard to create a special guest experience.
A few years ago, the Vullers, who grew up in the Netherlands, heard about the concept of “cow cuddling” (koe knuffelen) while visiting their homeland. “In the Netherlands it’s a fairly large movement to connect people with the country life, so we decided to bring the concept to New York,” Suzanne says. The Vuller’s purchased two cows named Bonnie and Bella because of their gentle personalities and lack of horns. “The animals are here so they can live a healthy and happy life and bring joy to our guests,” says Suzanne.
Both Rudi and Suzanne conduct wellness sessions with the animals. ““When our guests spend time with them and enter their space, there’s a magical connection that’s calming and comforting.” One-hour sessions with the farm’s animals cost $75 for 2 people and $125 for 4.
The Vuller’s also have several horses for residents to interact with. Mountain Horse Farm is a certified Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) business, with Suzanne a licensed counselor.
In addition to regular bed and breakfast accommodations, the business offers wellness retreats and horse workshops conducted by certified trainers. “Relaxation comes naturally here,” the Vullers say, “from the beautiful surroundings, our amenities and our animals.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mountain Horse Farm, 7520 W. Hollow Rd., Naples, New York 14512 (ph 583 374-5056; www.mountainhorsefarm.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4