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What a moo-ver! The showjumping cow that thinks it's a horse
Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:41 PM on 5th April 2011
When Regina Mayer's parents
dashed her hopes of getting a horse, the resourceful 15-year-old did not
sit in her room and sulk. Instead, she turned to a cow called Luna to
make her riding dreams come true.
of training, and tons of treats, care and cajoling later, the results
are impressive - not only do the two regularly go on long rides through
the southern German countryside, they do jumps over a makeshift hurdle
of beer crates and painted logs.
joked while sitting on her brown and white, grass-munching bovine
companion: 'It's incredible really, she thinks she's a horse.'
Regina started slowly and steadily in training Luna the cow, and only tried to ride her after six months
Luna expertly vaults another jump while guided by schoolgirl Regina
The pair's unlikely friendship
started about two years ago, shortly after Luna was born on the Mayers'
sprawling farm in the hamlet of Laufen, close to the Austrian border.
They started off with walks in the woods, then Regina slowly got her cow more accustomed to human contact and riding equipment.
six months later, it was time to see how Luna would respond to a rider
on her back. Regina sat in the saddle and all went as planned - at least
'She was really well behaved and
walked normally,' said blonde Regina. 'But after a couple of metres, she
wanted me to get off. You could see that she got a bit peeved.'
Luna and Regina are now best friends,
spending most afternoons together once the teen - who aspires to become
a nurse - comes home from school.
Their extensive routine involves grooming, petting, jumps and a one-hour ride.
'It's a lot of work but I enjoy it', Regina said.
Now, Luna understands commands such as 'go', 'stand' and 'gallop' - if she feels like it.
she wants to do something, she does it, when she doesn't, she doesn't,'
said Regina, who proudly says Luna thinks of her as her mother.
'And she's often very headstrong but can also be really adorable.'
Regina said Luna's stubborn streak meant teaching her pony tricks was not always easy.
the persistent teenager sought tips from a cow expert in Switzerland on
how to deal with 'steering' problems and has eventually got Luna to
Regina spends an hour after school with Luna, and has even got her to understand several spoken commands
who trains cows near the Swiss city of Zurich, said Luna's talents are
not particularly surprising and that, historically, it was quite common
to ride cows and use them as workhorses.
Ms Wiltafsky said: 'Especially younger ones can jump really well.
'Cows are lovable companions because they are easygoing, have strong nerves and are 'unbelievably devoted' to people they like.'
The teenager said her unlikely riding companion can be 'headstrong but also really adorable'