Nieuwveen Travel Blog› entry 3 of 3 › view all entries
On Sunday of our trip, we headed out to Riga Ranch. The owner/host out at Clara Maria recommended Riga Ranch and his daughter runs it so he knew we would really have a good time! At Riga Ranch, they milk horses! That's right, HORSES, I know, right, it took me a moment to wrap my head around it too!! We'd never seen or heard of that, so this was a real treat for us. Their foals remain with them for six weeks and after that they only nurse at night. Then the horses are milkes four times a day and the foal nurses only at night. This way, the mare continues to produce milk for up to 8 full months! Anyway, the horses at the Riga Ranch are mostly Haflingers and they originated in zuid-Tirol (place of Hafling), Bavaria and Austria.
When we got there we walked into a huge barn area where tons of gorgeous horses were happily entertaining a ba-zillion people! We eagerly threw ourlselves into the fray and wandered from horse to horse! Lovely coats, assessing eyes, twitching ears and flaring nostrils....then, the little beauty was moving right in on my and trying to eat his shirt!!!! She moved fast that one, he didn't even know her name! lololol We all loved the horses...and as you can see, the boys really loved them. GThe more they fed the horses, Gunnar's shirt slowly changed from white to brown....eeeeewwwww!!! lololololol
After pulling all the straw from my sweater, we meandered on over to the big barn/warehouse area that was the store. Wow, it was alot bigger than it looked and really cute inside too. There were kosmetics (for face and body) with horse milk, liquor and chocolate made with horse milk...just a vast assortment of products made from horse milk----who'd a thunk it, eh? lol Ah, well...we perused and oooh'd and ahhhh'd, bought a few things and of course, Chace had to have his picture made with the pretty owner! *grin*
Once we left there, we drove around the area and saw some of the prettiest little houses I'd seen....just b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!! A very delightful trip to be sure! :)