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Offline Heiferboy4640

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wild heifer
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:42:52 PM »
I have a heifer that i am trying to train for showing out of our own herd. she behaves relatively well around me and my grandpa which are around her the most. now when any body else comes around she goes nuts and tries to get away. in face she even broke a side bar on my blocking chute trying to get away from some body a couple of days ago. is there any thing that i can do to stop this or is this animal just one of the unshowable type animals? any information helps.

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Re: wild heifer
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 08:42:28 PM »
Tie her to a mule for a few week.

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Re: wild heifer
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2013, 01:09:30 PM »
When you say she behaves 'relatively well' around you and your grandpa, is it nervous behaviors or is it aggressive behaviors?

If she's nervous, try to expose her to everything possible, make sure when you do though that you stay calm on the rope. The calmer you are when introducing new things, the calmer she will be. Playing a radio in the barn does wonders. When I'm breaking calves, I will have it loud and will change stations every so often so she gets more exposure to different voices, noises, etc. Something else that might help is having someone come out and help you with her. Just someone new for her to get used to

 If she's aggressive, I.E. if she takes off, pushes you around, etc, she may be better off getting turned out to grass and let be a cow.

A donkey/mule won't do much as far as getting her used to being around people.

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Re: wild heifer
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2013, 01:43:06 PM »
Expose her to as many new and different situations as you can.  Have neighbors and frends stop by and walk calmly through the pen.  Wear different kinds of hats. Expose her to lot of different sounds as has already been suggested.  Haul her to a few jackpot shows even if you leave her tied to the side of the trailer.  Brush on her and rub her with a show stick. It may take more work and time with her since she is nervous but she should settled down once she realizes no one is going to hurt her.  Good luck!


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