приветствие from the frozen tundra! Yesterday I had the most amazing chance to get out to the Russian countryside and take a sleigh ride.
We traveled northwest from Moscow for about an hour and arrived at a fairly large farm. Immediately we spotted the horses in the yard, being run by adults and children of all ages. A friendly Bernese Mountain Dog trotted over to greet us and hens clucked underfoot.
Upon arrival, we were seated on benches of packed snow which were covered in thick blankets. Beyond a rickety barrier made of branches, a horse show was put on for our entertainment. Highlights included a horse jumping through a flaming hoop and a couple “dancing” on horseback. My animal rights heartstrings tugging at me, I accepted this as a cultural opportunity and enjoyed the beauty of the animals.
Soon after the show (which came replete with ear-piercing traditional music and an impromptu jig by a member of the audience), our sleighs arrived! The horse pictured in the middle (above) is a Clydesdale.
Despite being packed into the sleigh like sardines, we were plenty chilly after our ride, so we took shelter in a tin longhouse on site. A snack was already laid out for us, warming atop the crude antique stove.
All in all, the trip was yet another once-in-a-lifetime deal here in Russia. I’ve ridden snowmobiles before but nothing compares to the tug of a horse-drawn sleigh as you make tracks across an open plain. It was magical.
Stay tuned this coming week for my school’s celebration of Maslenitsa, the pagan holiday turned cultural tradition which ushers in the coming spring. Cheers to that!
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Another incredible adventure! Beautiful photos, Meg. Thanks for bringing us along on your journey 🙂 PS – can I request a pet camel as a souvenir? XOXO
The photos are amazing, they really take you there, thanks for sharing and really enjoyed reading your post 😁
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Hi Meg, Happened upon your blog and was wondering the name of the farm that you found for the Troika ride. We are headed to Moscow the end of December and would really love to mark this off of our bucket list. Thank you in advance for any information you might provide!
Hello Sharon, my troika ride was part of a tour organized by Maria at http://www.toursofmoscow.com. I would highly recommend her tour of the Bolshoi Theatre as well!