Animals

You Can Now Pay To Spend An Afternoon Cuddling Your Stress Away With Cows

We found a new cuddle buddy for you!

Feel like you need a break from the everyday stresses of life and just want to “hug it out”? This could be the therapy session you need: You can pay to spend the afternoon petting, playing with and cuddling cows — and horses, for that matter!

The Mountain Horse Farm in upstate New York is offering a unique “Horse & Cow Experience,” which can involve petting or brushing the animals, going through an obstacle course together, or just watching them.

“They may nuzzle your hair, lick your hand, nicker at you, just hang out with you or initiate play,” according to the farm’s website. In other words, these cows and horses are very friendly.

Now, how’s that for total relaxation?

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Lots of us feel calm after petting or walking our dogs and cats and experiences like goat yoga are becoming increasingly popular.

It turns out that spending time with large, gentle animals like horses and cows can have the same positive effects on us. These creatures “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,” Mountain Horse Farm’s website explained.

The Science Behind Animal-Assisted Therapy

According to Psychology Today, there is merit to these claims:

“[A]nimal-assisted therapy [can have] positive outcomes and overall improved emotional well-being in those with autism, medical conditions, or behavioral issues. … [A]nimal-assisted therapy can be helpful for those battling illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, or addiction.”

Mountain Horse Farm guests can cuddle the animals alone, with a partner or a parent, or in small groups of four. A 90-minute session of the Horse & Cow Experience will run you $300 for two people and $395 for up to four people.

Spending time with just the cows will be $100 for up to two people for 45 minutes or $175 for up to four people for 45 minutes.

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Other Places To Snuggle Furry Friends

Thankfully, the Mountain Horse Farm isn’t the only farm where you can pay to spend time with friendly animals.

There’s also a farm in Australia called Braidwood that allows you to “adopt” their “cuddle cows” and then come to the farm to visit with them.

The adoption is a symbolic gesture — meaning you won’t get to take your new friend home — but you will periodically receive updates on how your “cuddle cow” is doing.

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Since the farm is located in New South Wales, Australia, you may be able to get in your vacation time and cow-cuddling time all in one trip!

How About A Therapy Pig?

That’s not all, though: You may even get to visit another farm animal on your way to Australia! The San Francisco International Airport features an adorable therapy pig on-hand for stressed or anxious travelers. Definitely consider a pit stop at SFO!

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Or, You Might Like A Therapy Goat

If cows or pigs aren’t you’re thing, then what would you think about a therapy goat? They do exist! Recently, the University of Denver in Colorado brought in Dahlia the goat to give some of its law students a little cuddle time and a distraction from finals.

A Camp With Therapy Llamas

Registered Therapy Llamas in Washington state specializes in bringing this tall, but adorable creatures to area nursing homes, schools and camps. The bigger the animal, the better the cuddles, perhaps?

So, animal lovers — make your travel plans accordingly.