You’ve probably already seen the story--the graceful pair has been a topic of talk on the Horses In The Morning
online radio show and has been on the Yahoo! news reel. I’m talking about the creative German girl who had a cow when her parents refused to buy her a horse.
Regina Mayer, a 15-year-old from southern Germany, was like any other horse-crazy girl and begged her parents for an equine companion of her own. When her parents said no, she decided to go a different route--Luna, a brown and white dairy cow that was born on the family farm two years ago.
After the cow grew more accustomed to human contact (through daily walks with Regina), she was introduced to an English saddle and other riding equipment (I am especially fond of the splint boots--I wonder if those are custom?). Six months later, Regina threw her leg over Luna and slowly taught her the voice commands "go," "stand," and "gallop."
Give the girl some props! She had the patience to patiently work with the bovine, finally building it up to jumping verticals that look to stand maybe two or three feet high. She even enlisted help from a cow expert in Switzerland for some behavioral issues. “She is often very headstrong but can also be really adorable,” Regina told The Sun.
I have to say, she’s quite the handy one! Regina definitely believes in the mantra "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." The story reminds me of … well, me!
After graduating college, I moved around a lot for internships and new jobs, to finally land here in Lexington four years ago this month. While I was hitting the real world running, my horses stayed on my parents’ farm in central Indiana, and that’s where they still are today.
While I know my Quarter Horses are happily living the "retired" lifestyle because I can’t afford board in the Horse Capital of the World, I went from always having a horse to train and ride at any time to nothing … cold turkey. So when I found a place that offers lessons and training in dog agility, I looked at my resources and saw that I had a "cow" of my own, if you must. Enter Dallas Mae, and the start of our dog agility career.
I still jump at any opportunity to ride horses at various farms, work horse shows, and of course travel to Indiana and mess with my horses every once in a while, but for now I’ve learned to accept what has been given to me at this point and make the best of what I can. Just like Regina (who, just like myself, is still holding out for a horse).
Have you ever had to make lemonade with what you had?