Baden Baden. Cars are driving close to the car. Pavement workers. The white horse Aaron jumps to the left – startled by the noise of the pits. Sabrina Muller immediately grabs the steering wheel and pulls the team to the side of the road. It goes on. In the city traffic of Baden-Baden, people and animals need strong nerves.
At about 10:20 a.m., Mueller takes the horse out of his crate. Your phone is ringing. Tie the animal and catch it. The guest wants to use the trolley at 11:30 AM.
“Phew, that would be very short,” Mueller says. She postpones it until 1 pm. With a horsepower, it takes about half an hour to get to Goetheplatz near the theater. She is currently starting her tours there.
The coach wants to equip her car with an engine
This spring, the War Lady’s work is getting better again. Demand increased. Muller says this is mainly due to the relaxation of the corona rules. There are now two cars on the road this weekend.
The pandemic has put enormous pressure on operations. The wagons had been parked in the stable for several months. They were not allowed to drive. Help Mueller’s fundraiser survive. The city also participated.
Now Mueller wants to take precautions. Plans to transform the stable in Gunzenbächle to improve working procedures. She says this saves time in everyday life.
She also wants to upgrade a cart. The engine must support the horses. This will allow you to drive to mountain destinations. The project is supported by the European Union through the “Leader” programme. This covers 80 percent of the costs.
The team in Baden-Baden is well established
A young couple booked Mueller on Wednesday at 12 noon. About an hour left for grooming, cleaning, and grooming. Everyone participates.
Stephanie Zerbs sprays Nellie welding while Muller pulls the wagon from the stable with both hands. The car rolls slowly into the yard. Heike Hoffmann-Plathe is waiting with a suction cup. She cleans the seats. Meanwhile, Muller scrubs the doors with a rag.
Then she wears the belts and bridles of Aaron and Indigo. This makes the animals laugh in the cart. Five-year-olds are considered younger horses.
On average, Muller retires her animals at 15 or 16 years of age. This depends on their physical condition. She resells horses. “I’ll put them down if they’re still in good shape,” she says.
Baden-Baden carriage horses have strong nerves
The trolley arrives at Goetheplatz a little before 12 noon. There is a lot going on. Pedestrians mingle. Cyclists slalom past. The excavator on the Fieser Bridge allows the rubble to fall to the ground. Stress test for animals.
Central Baden Region: Through the Leader funding programme, the European Union (EU) supports projects in rural areas. The French abbreviation stands for “Connecting rural economy development work.” The leader has been around since 1991. It is limited to a specific region. Baden-Baden is part of the Mittelbaden region.
The idea behind: Local actors come together to form a working group. Then they apply for funding. The money comes from the European Union and the country. According to the Ministry of Agriculture in Baden-Württemberg, about 75 million euros are available for the period up to 2027.
Mueller remains calm. She knows her stuff. He’s been driving through Baden-Baden for about seven years. “The construction site challenges animals. But they are well trained,” she says. Transport horses must have strong nerves. You should not be easily surprised.
Then the guests come. They are Ike Rucker Clapper and Jasmine Racing. The couple is on vacation. “We decided in no time to take the wagon,” says Rucker-Clapper.
Construction site challenges animals. But they are well trained.
Sabrina Muller, coach from Baden-Baden
He enters and the cart begins to roll. Zrbs at the left door. It supports Muller when turning. During the trip, she tells the guests about the city.
The construction site of the bridge affected tours
Mueller is not driving her usual way because of the construction site. I stayed at the Lichtentaler Allee. Columns open with a remote control. Eventually some street turns.
Pedestrians continue to stop. They take pictures or talk to Mueller. An old man in front of the Friederburda Museum asked her how much the trip would cost. They charge 65 euros for a tasting tour. “Then I should go to the casino first,” the lady jokes.
Not all passersby are very friendly. Muller sometimes says people call them “animal executioners.” They also attacked alleged animal rights activists online.
Horses have days off too
“I tell these people they can come see my animals,” Mueller says. Your horses are in good health. Because: She trains her animals. “Horses put weight on their front feet when driving. In training, I focus on the hind limbs,” she says.
We decided at short notice to take the horse drawn carriage.
Ike Roker Clapper, Tourist
In addition, the six horses take turns. You have several days off during the week and work a maximum of two days at a time.
Half an hour later the carriage stopped in front of the stage. The trip is over. Zrbs come down the door. “Should I take another photo?” Rucker-Clapper and Rawsingh asks. They both say yes. Templates are now on hold. They chew feed pellets.