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Sleigh ride business thriving after recent snowfall

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RINGLE (WAOW) -

Abby Bayer said getting horses ready for sleigh rides is part of the winter routine. For the past 15 years, she's driven and managed rides at Starwood Farm in Ringle.

"It's a way to keep the farm a little bit more profitable and use the horses and it's a fun thing to do in the winter time," said Bayer.

But just one month ago, the ground wasn't so white and her business took a hit.

"It's a big change, you know, from the time it starts snowing and you get that nice blanket of snow, the phone calls start coming and the phone doesn't stop ringing," said Bayer.

Dryer weather cut the number of sleigh rides they could offer.

"I mean you get some people calling, that's a family tradition so they're going to come no matter what but it definitely makes a difference," said Bayer.

Now, with plenty of fresh snow on the ground, these horses are back on the trail.

"You have a lot of money invested in especially the horses and they're expensive, I mean just to feed them, you figure each of those big horses eats a bail a day," said Gail Bayer.

Visitors said they couldn't be happier, because the sleigh rides are a popular winter tradition.

"It's not just the sleigh ride, it's also the animals and bringing the kids out," said Shannon Lozon.

Bayer said she hopes the experience will draw people in, for as long as the winter weather sticks around.

"When we get a lot of snow this time of year, we can keep doing sleigh rides until the end of March if the weather holds out," said Bayer.

Just the right amount of snow to keep business on track.

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