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You won't believe what this girl from New Zealand trained a COW to do

** HOLD FOR USE WITH STORY BY ROXANNA HEGEMAN ** In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, Matt Ubell brings feed to his cow herd on his farm near Wheaton, Kan. Ubell is one of many farmers taking out government agriculture loans to make ends meet in a turbulent farm economy. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A New Zealand girl may have wanted a pony when she was younger, as little girls often do, but decided she'd make do with what she had instead. What did Hannah Simpson have? A Swiss brown dairy cow named Lilac.

“I have always loved jumping, I always wanted to do show jumping on a horse,” Simpson said.

It started out as a dare from her younger brother when Lilac was only 6 months old. But after some training, the cow can now jump 4.5 feet high. "Lilac was only six months then and I was just a midget. It was a dare from my brother to jump on and she seemed OK with it so we kept going. Before then I’d only ridden a pony twice, and a sheep," she told 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,” Simpson 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.”

Lilac didn't like wearing a saddle so Simpson rides bareback with a halter and a small stick to nudge her. The endeavor hasn't come without danger, Simpson has been bucked her off “countless times” during her training sessions.

Living on a farm, she has also tried to train other cows that her family owns with no success. Apparently, Lilac is one-of-a-kind.

Watch some of Simpson's videos with Lilac below:


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