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Friday Feature: The Riding Cow

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The Riding Cow

Source – Good News Network

Hannah Simpson riding her family’s dairy cow. Source: Good News Network

When Hannah Simpson was 11-years-old, all she wanted was a horse of her own to ride and train. Her parents, however, insisted that ponies were too expensive, leaving Hannah’s dream unfulfilled.  Her creative solution? She trained one of the cows on their dairy farm to ride instead.  For the last seven years, Hannah has ridden her heifer Lilac through the meadows of the South Island town of Invercargill, in New Zealand.  Lilac has the capacity to jump up to 4.5 feet, but she prefers lazier activities like long bush walks and leisurely swims.

Hannah first climbed onto Lilac’s back on a dare from her brother, although the rider advises against most people attempting to mount a cow – Lilac has apparently bucked her off many times. But because of the duo’s rare bond, the two have defied the rules and become an unusual team.  Hannah now has a horse named Sammy, but she still takes her original steed out to pasture once a week for a ride.

Check out the video to see this amazing cow trainer:




Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.

Doug Mayo

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Riding Safely at Every Age

The proper seat correctly installed helps keep children safe.

The proper seat correctly installed helps keep children safe.

Dawson is a healthy, active 3-year-old whose mom makes sure he eats right, learns something new every day, and rides safely in the car.  Until a few months ago, Dawson, who weighs 42 pounds and is 42 inches tall, traveled in a booster seat.  When his mom learned that, because of his age, Dawson would be safer in a 5-point harness, she moved him to a safer car seat and made sure it was installed correctly.  Just a few weeks ago, Dawson was riding in the car with relatives when someone drove in front of them and caused a 45 mph crash, totaling both cars.  One of the adults fractured her collarbone; another suffered a concussion.  Dawson bit his tongue and was really scared – but he was unhurt.  Dawson’s mom says she is truly thankful she put him in the correct car seat.  Because car seats are made to survive only one crash, she has already replaced his old seat and Dawson continues to travel safely in the car.

Dawson’s story can happen to any child.  It’s important that every parent know how to keep their children safe on the roads.  Here are some quick pointers to keep children safe at every age:

  • All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are 2 years old or until they reach the highest weight/height allowed by the manufacturer.  Rear-facing is the safest way to travel!
  • Children 2 years to at least 4 years old and 40 pounds should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible.   Keeping a child who weighs more than 40 pounds in a harness is the safest practice, as long as the seat’s weight limits are followed.
  • Children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old.  Children using a booster seat should be able to sit reasonably still for an entire trip.
  • Children who are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone should always use both Lap and Shoulder Belts for the best protection.  Children younger than 13 years should sit in the back seat.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) are trained to help caregivers make sure their children are traveling safely.  Find a CPST near you at http://cert.safekids.org.



Author: Ginny Hinton – ghinton@ufl.edu

Santa Rosa County Extension Agent with UF/IFAS. Focus areas include nutrition, food safety, injury prevention, and healthy families. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of West Florida. Master’s degree in Public Health/Health Education from University of South Florida.

Ginny Hinton

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/06/13/riding-safely-at-every-age/