A 15-year-old girl denied a horse from her parents has turned to a cow to fulfill her riding dreams.
Hours of training, cajoling and tons of treats have resulted in Luna the cow able to jump over makeshift hurdles of beer crates and painted logs. “She thinks she’s a horse,” said Regina Mayer, from Laufen, southern Germany.
Luna was born about two years on the Mayers’ sprawling farm in Laufen, just minutes from the Austrian border.
They started off with walks in the woods during which Luna wore a halter. Then Regina slowly got her cow more accustomed to human contact and riding equipment.
About six months later, it was time to see how Luna would respond to a rider on her back. Mayer sat in the saddle, and all went as planned – at least at first. Luna and Regina now spend most afternoons together once the teen comes home from school. Their extensive routine involves grooming, petting, jumps and a roughly one-hour ride.
Now, Luna understands commands such as “go,” “stand” and “gallop.” If she feels like it, that is.
“When she wants to do something she does it, when she doesn’t, she doesn’t,” said Regina, “And she’s often very headstrong but can also be really adorable.”
Stalin is quoted as saying that imposing Communism on Poland was like trying to saddle a cow, which I take to have meant liable to meet stubborn non-cooperation rather than outright resistance and therefore ultimately be an exercise in futility. Like Stalin however, it seems Regina has been inspired to persevere.
Thelwell would be pleased…