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Saturday, December 10, 2022

German farm owner leaves SUV at home for some real horsepower

SCHUPBACH, Germany ( Associated Press) — Stephanie Kirchner’s commute to work has been long, but she says, cheaper: She’s left her SUV at home and turned to real horsepower.

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

So he embarked on a horse-drawn carriage about 6 kilometers (3 mi) from his home in West Germany. This converts a one-way journey from 10-15 minutes to an hour.

But Kirchner calculates that, given how much fuel her Toyota SUV consumes, she would save about 250 euros ($264) per month if she could use the horsepower every day.

His carriage pulled by two horses is popular among children and a few others. But “of course humanity is busy and then some people get annoyed if they can’t get me away quickly,” Kircher says.

She admits that her answer to rising fuel prices is not for everyone.

“I can’t put a horse in a parking garage,” she says. “I think a lot more horseback riding will do when the opportunity arises for horses.”

Horse Farmer Stephanie Kirchner Drives Her Coach On The Main Road Through Her Hometown Of Schupbach On Thursday, May 19, 2022, Near Limburg, Germany.  Kirchner Uses A Coach Or Rides A Horse Because Of Rising Gas Prices Since The Start Of The War In Ukraine.  Small Stud Farm Where She Works Whenever Possible.  (Ap Photo/Michael Probst)
Horse farmer Stephanie Kirchner drives her coach on the main road through her hometown of Schupbach on Thursday, May 19, 2022, near Limburg, Germany. Kirchner uses a coach or rides a horse because of rising gas prices since the start of the war in Ukraine. Small stud farm where she works whenever possible. ( Associated Press Photo/Michael Probst)

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