Homeschooling has been an opportunity for some Victorian students to push the boundaries and see what adventure can be had in their backyard.

Key points:

  • Home schooling can be full of distractions
  • Sophie Christensen’s earns pocket money by bringing the dairy cows in each afternoon
  • She has learnt to ride the cows in to the dairy, leading her horse from the front

That’s especially true for year 9 student Sophie Christensen, who lives on a dairy farm at Glengarry West in the Latrobe Valley.

She earns pocket money by bringing the dairy cows in each afternoon on her horse, Elle.

But recently, she decided that wasn’t enough.

Leading from the front

One day, with her sister riding beside her, Sophie decided to ditch the horse and jump on one of the dairy cows.

“I’ve had the idea for a while of riding a cow, and I’ve always wanted to do it,” Sophie said.

“The other week, I thought to myself, ‘You know what, I’ll just do it’.

“I hopped on, and I just stayed on … for about 15 minutes, maybe half an hour.”

Black and white dairy cows stand under a tree on a muddy laneway.

The Christensen family’s dairy cows at Glengarry West, heading in for their afternoon milking.(

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Sophie said she picked the cow carefully.

“All the cows have brands, and the branded one I ride is 520. She’s pretty chilled out all the time, but sometimes she can get a bit of speed in her.”

Homeschooling conundrum

Despite the adventure, Sophie, like many other students, looks forward to returning to the classroom.

“It’s a bit hard when you’re away from the teachers, and you can’t get one on one help,” she said.

“I’d probably prefer to do it in the classroom because I don’t get distracted.

“I always get distracted at home, and it doesn’t really work out.”

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