With wellness and destressing becoming a prominent preventative health measure, Mountain House Farm now lets visitors relax by cuddling up with some cows. The picturesque 33-acre retreat is located in New York and recently added the cow snuggles to its wellness sessions.
The practice is a common form of stress relief therapy in many European counties, including Switzerland and the Netherlands. According to research, because cows have a slower heart rate than other traditional "cuddling animals" like cats or dogs, they are able to slow down the cuddler's heart rate for a relaxing bonding moment.
The owners of Mountain House Farm stress that the retreat is not a petting zoo and the well being of the animals is always prioritized. For those who want to enjoy a cow cuddling session, one-hour treatments are available for $75 USD.