When Regina Mayer's parents dashed her hopes of getting a horse, the resourceful 15-year-old didn't sit in her room and sulk. Instead, she turned to a cow called Luna to make her riding dreams come true. Hours of training, and tons of treats, cajoling and caresses 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.

It all started about two years ago, shortly after Luna was born on the Mayers' sprawling farm in the hamlet of Laufen, just minutes from the Austrian border. They started off with walks in the woods during which Luna wore a halter. Then Mayer slowly got her cow more accustomed to human contact and riding equipment.

It's a lot of work "but I enjoy it," Mayer said.

Her efforts have paid off. 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 Mayer.

Mayer hasn't given up her hopes of having a horse and may soon get one. But she says Luna will always have a special place in her heart.

"She'll stay my darling," she said.

COMMENT: Cows are lovely and loving creatures who only ever get bad tempered if you show signs of wanting to do some serious harm to one of their calves. Horses, on the other hand, are the spawn of Satan and every single one of them is a homicidal maniac with one desire in life - to taste human blood.

Thanks to IT for sending this story in.

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RIDE ‘EM COWGIRL! — 7 Comments

  1. Here’s one from Wikipedia:

    How many East Frisians does it take to milk a cow?
    Twenty-four. Four to hold the teats and twenty to lift the cow up and down!

    I wish I hadn’t bothered to search ….

  2. Oh that’s good, SR.

    Regina: what an udder babe! (In bovine eyes, Luna may be, too ;-p)

  3. The horse is an animal which is dangerous at both ends, and damned uncomfortable in the middle. On the other hand, I’ve had male cows after my blood a couple of times, and I don’t much want another confrontation with them!