In Upstate New York, there is a farm called Mountain Horse Farm where you can pay to cuddle with cows! In fact, cow cuddling has been proven to help relieve stress and anxiety.
Specifically, according to NPR, hugging cows increase oxytocin levels because of social bonding. Since cows are big, warm, and have a slower heartbeat than humans, we can bond with them just by being in their presence. But hugs work even better!
The owner of the farm, Suzanne Vullers, is originally from the Netherlands, where cow cuddling is called “koe knuffelen”. She is very passionate about their animals and encourages choice and respect when you book a cuddling session. The cows are not bred there, and they aren’t used for any kind of products like beef or milk. These cows up in upstate New York are literally living their best lives on the farm and they are ready to cuddle YOU!
Mountain Horse Farm also provides lodging and they require that you stay with them in order to cuddle and connect with the animals.
A 60-minute session for up to 2 people is $75. A 60-minute session for up to 4 people is $125. You have to be at least 16 years old to participate so, unfortunately, no kids.
To sign up or read more, visit the Mountain Horse Farm website.