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Best way to re-fit legs
« on: July 14, 2012, 01:56:25 PM »
If you are at a show and you dont have time to break down and wash out the glue and paint on a steers legs but you want him to be able to lay down and rest for a while, what is the best way to be able to re-fit the legs so they will look good. Does white foam work? If so, what do you do?

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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2012, 02:15:49 PM »
I always let them lay down, blow out any shavings real well. Then i spray my comb with break down solution and run it through until i get it to break looose and try to get it to where it was. Let that rest then come back with a clean comb and whatever glue holds it up right. But usually i just a few shots of tail adhesive then paint, but try to make sure its not gummy looking.
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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012, 02:19:07 PM »
blowing out legs and then just flicking off any other wood chips with a rice brush works really well. just do a quick mist of paint to cover up any remaining dust. for belly hair try to comb it down the best you can with a scotch comb, that you really cant do a whole lot with. works for the most part

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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2012, 08:48:09 PM »
Yes, white foam is a good tool.  We foam the legs ....let them lay down and they blow it out and refit later.....works great.

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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2012, 06:02:35 PM »
Yes, white foam is a good tool.  We foam the legs ....let them lay down and they blow it out and refit later.....works great.

Now that's a helpful hint.  Great idea.  It allows you to let them rest but preserves the work you've done.  Any animal is going to look and show better if they've rested.
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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2012, 10:18:59 PM »
Yes, white foam is a good tool.  We foam the legs ....let them lay down and they blow it out and refit later.....works great.
can you tell me in a little more detail what you do?

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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2012, 05:19:27 PM »
After they show, if they win the breed or class and need to be shown in the championship drive a few hours later, we take them back to the barn or trailer and spray white foam in the legs.  Sometimes rub it in with hands a little.  Nothing else.  Let the calf rest.  Then before we show again, blow out the legs, comb through the legs and refit as needed.

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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2012, 06:49:32 PM »
The foam is great because it is kind of slick to keep the dirt off, but doesn't break down the glue.
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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2012, 09:17:53 PM »
Just one suggestion...it worked great for us the year we won Reserve Champ at the Iowa State Fair.

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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2012, 09:44:55 PM »
What about wetting down the bark our wood chips ready well also? Wouldn't that help?
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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2012, 06:16:12 AM »
We laid a couple fitting mats under a friends steer a couple years ago. Worked pretty slick. You just have to slide them under as they lay down.

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Re: Best way to re-fit legs
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2012, 10:12:58 AM »
foam works well if you haven't "maxed" them out already. if they don't have bunch of glue in the leg already,then it works fine but if you have a hard haired one that you already used a bunch of tail in, then you are better off breaking down and washing their legs on the way back from the show ring. most of the time, they won't lay down immediately anyways so you have a little time to wash.
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