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Current Mooood: Need to Experience Cow Cuddling, Stat

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If you’re feeling moooody, apparently cow cuddling is now a thing. We’ve covered some interesting health and wellness strategies over the years – like goat yoga – but, we weren’t entirely sure that cow cuddling was the real deal or just a kooky gimmick. Turns out you can turn your Texas ranching roots into health and wellness for your customers on the outside as opposed to the traditional steak dinner you might think would make their insides feel all warm and fuzzy – well, not fuzzy, but you get the drift.

Leave it to someone in New York state to discover that cuddling a cow can be healing. Mountain Horse Farm in Naples, New York provides visitors with the “Horse & Cow Experience,” giving animal lovers something unique. They’ve found that the opportunity to cuddle a cow “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.”

Current Mooood: Need to Experience Cow Cuddling, Stat

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Plus, theirs isn’t the only website that identifies such experiences as super-positive. Healing your body through therapeutic time with animals is not a new concept, nor one that is lost on us here in Texas. For years, we’ve been experiencing the benefits of a horse-to-human relationship both in work and in play, and now some Texas ranches are putting that experience to the test for others to learn from. It’s therefore not much of a stretch to believe that a cow can be equally beneficial. Animals have long been proven as a source of support for humans in many ways, shapes, and forms. This may not turn into the “cash cow” of your dreams, but thinking of ways to let your fellow Texans gain some sanity in an already all-too-stressful world by coming to your property to cuddle a cow isn’t the weirdest thing in the world. It could benefit you (the cow’s handler) and your customer (a.k.a. cow cuddler… perhaps a future professional title of some sort), and it’s already working for folks in other states.