Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Luna the cow has made a teenager Regina Mayer's riding dreams come true after the girl’s parents dashed her hopes of getting a horse. And, thanks to the hours Regina spent training Luna, they can enjoy more than just a leisurely canter. The beloved bovine regularly jumps over a hurdle of logs on beer crates with the 15-year-old on her back and even understands ‘go’, ‘stand’ and ‘gallop’. Regina said: ‘She thinks she’s a horse. When she wants to do something, she does it, when she doesn’t, she doesn’t.’ It all started soon after Luna was born two years ago. Regina would take her on walks near her parents’ farm in Laufen, southern Germany, and gradually got her ‘pet’ used to riding equipment. Six months later, Regina braved the saddle for the first time. She said: ‘Luna was well behaved and walked normally. But after a couple of metres she wanted me to get off. You could see she got a bit peeved.’ Now their rides can last up to an hour. Anne Wiltafsky, who trains cows near Zurich, claims Luna’s abilities are normal. ‘Younger ones can jump really well,’ she said.

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