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15-Year-Old Girl Teaches the Family Cow to Be a Show Jumper

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When one teenage girl couldn’t get her dream of having a horse of her own, she decided to train her family’s cow to be the next best thing.

15-year-old Regina Mayer lives on a farm with her parents in Germany. After her parents refused to buy her a horse, she decided to spend some quality time with their cow, Luna. When she noticed the cow’s gentle manner, Mayer came up with an idea. She slowly began to increase Luna’s exposure to humans, and eventually introduced the cow to riding equipment. Six months later, Mayer decided to see if Luna would let her ride on her back.

Two years later, Mayer had trained Luna to perform some incredible tricks, which you can watch in the video below.

“She was really well behaved and walked normally,” Mayer explained to the Associated Press. “But after a couple of meters, she wanted me to get off! You could see that she got a bit peeved.”

Over the course of two years, the pair forged a deep relationship that’s similar to those found between humans and horses. Similarly, Luna can now perform impressive tricks just as well as her stallion counterparts. With a simple snap of the fingers or a short command, Luna jumps into action, hopping over obstacles and blowing away onlookers.

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15-Year-Old Girl Teaches the Family Cow to Be a Show Jumper