4. Cows and Castles in the Bavarian Alps

Michaela had been doing a great job of tour guide.  We had settled into a comfortable routine.  I had my ‘spot’ in the back seat – with camera at the ready for any photo opportunity.  Keeping me company in the back was Asfaloth – a white toy pony!  I occasionally talked to him – but he was a very quiet travelling companion!

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The Thursday was our ‘rest’ day from Anja’s workshop.  Michaela had planned a surprise in the morning.  We were taken to a dairy farm – and there we met Julia, baby – and Snickers!  Snickers is a clicker trained cow!  Julia and husband are dairy farmers – and Snickers was destined to be culled from the herd.  Julia needed a way to put a halter on Snickers in order to present her for auction.

She came across Alex’s and Michaela’s sites and enrolled in Alex’s course with Michaela as her coach.  After starting on clicker training, the relationship grew – and she couldn’t part with her.  She was even riding her into the village before she was pregnant!

Julia also showed us around the dairy.  I learnt how the cows line up for the automatic milker and Julia has also clicker trained Snickers for hoof trimming.  It was great to see.  Here is a link to the Equiosity Podcast about Julia and Snickers 

 

 

I was so amazed by what I saw.  It was lovely to see a cow like this.  Julia has done a great job and I hope that more cow owners can be inspired to take up clicker training.

After saying farwell to Julia, we headed to The Castle.  That is Neuschwanstein Castle.  What a sight to see!

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On arrival, we decided to walk up the hill to the Castle.  There are many tourists there – you can take a bus – or even a horse drawn cart – but it was much easier to avoid the lines and just walk.

If you follow the link above, you can read about the history of the castle.  It’s hard to believe how they managed to build it in that beautiful location –   it was build by ‘Mad’ King Ludwig – who lived in a fantasy world as a recluse.  Photos of the inside were not permitted – but the castle is huge – and very ornate!!!  It’s well worth a visit.

We’d had a great day – and when we arrived home, Rebekka had finally arrived!  She blended in seamlessly – and after a good sleep – we were once again up, with sandwiches made, ready to head back to Anja’s for Day 4!  We moved Asfaloth to the middle so Rebekka had room – and this became our routine ‘spots’ in the car for the coming week.

And so, we became The Travelling Four!!!

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COMING UP –  MORE FROM ANJA BERAN – AND A LUNCHTIME VISITOR!

FOR THE BEGINNING OF THIS ADVENTURE, PLEASE GO TO HORSE ADVENTURES IN EUROPE 2018

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