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German farm owner saves fuel money with horse-drawn carriage


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2022 May 21, 18:21, SCHUPBACH, Germany
Horse farmer Stephanie Kirchner steers her coach on the main road through her hometown Schupbach near Limburg, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Since the beginning of the war in the Ukraine causing rising gas prices Kirchner uses the coach or rides a horse to a small stud farm where she works whenever possible.

Stephanie Kirchner’s journey to work has got longer but, she says, cheaper: she has left her SUV at home and switched to real horse power.

Stud farm owner and horse trainer Kirchner, 33, says she decided “it can’t go on like this” after fuel prices jumped following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Since I also suspected hay harvesting and everything else will become much, much more expensive, we said, ‘we have to save a little money,’” she says.

So she has switched to travelling roughly 6 kilometres (3 1/2 miles) from her home in western Germany by horse-drawn carriage. That turns a one-way trip from 10-15 minutes to as much as an hour.

But Kirchner calculates that, given how much fuel her Toyota SUV consumes, she saves about 250 euros ($264) per month if she can use horse power every day.

Her carriage, drawn by two horses, is popular with children and some others. But “of course humanity is hectic and then some people are annoyed if they can’t get past me fast enough,” Kircher says.

She acknowledges that her answer to rising fuel prices isn’t for everyone.

“I can’t put a horse in a parking garage,” she says. “I think a lot more horse riders would do it if opportunities were created for the horses.”

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