Save money on fuel with a horse-drawn carriage

SCHUPBACH, GERMANY (AP) — Stephanie Kirchner’s commute to work has gotten longer but, she says, cheaper: She left her SUV at home and switched to real power.

Kirchner, 33, a stud farm owner and horse trainer, said she decided “it can’t go on like this” after fuel prices spiked following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“As I also suspected that harvesting hay and everything else would become much, much more expensive, we thought ‘we need to save some money,'” she said.

So she decided to travel the approximately six kilometers to her home in western Germany by horse-drawn carriage. This turns a 10-15 minute one-way trip into an hour.

But Kirchner calculates that, given the fuel consumption of her Toyota SUV, she saves about 250 EUR (264 USD) per month if she can use horse power every day.

His carriage, pulled by two horses, is popular with children and a few others. But “of course humanity is restless and some people get annoyed if they can’t get past me fast enough,” Kircher said.

She acknowledged that her response to rising fuel prices is not for everyone.

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

Horse breeder Stephanie Kirchner steers her trainer down the main road through her hometown of Schupbach, near Limburg, Germany. PHOTO: AP

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