Kiwi girl can’t have horse, teaches cow to jump instead

Hannah Simpson rides her cow bareback.
Hannah Simpson rides her cow bareback. News Corp

NOW that's ingenuity. A New Zealand girl who didn't have a horse growing up has taught her cow to jump instead.

Teenager Hannah Simpson rides her Swiss Brown dairy cow, Leila, on the farm in Invercargill in the country's deep south.

She has been doing so since being dared by her brother when Leila was six months old and has now trained her to jump 1.4 metres high, according to The Guardian.

"She is a cow and I can't expect her to ride like a horse. Without a bit of prodding she wouldn't really do anything, she has a very chilled-out nature," she said.

Cow jumping

'My fav cow'

"I have always loved jumping, I always wanted to do show jumping on a horse," she said.

"And Leila was always jumping out of the cow shed when she was young so I think she likes it, too. We started her off with stepping over logs and it just got bigger and bigger."

Hannah's Instagram is filled with pictures of herself and the cow jumping logs on the property as well as the farm and other animals like dogs, goats and sheep.

She once tried to put a saddle on but the cow didn't take to it so she rides her bareback instead. Now 17, she actually has a horse but prefers to ride the cow.

"I don't need to compete. She is more special than a horse, more rare."

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