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Steer Planet Chat => The Big Show => Topic started by: steerjunky on November 30, 2018, 05:11:26 AM

Title: Tips for wild show calf
Post by: steerjunky on November 30, 2018, 05:11:26 AM
We bought a calf that was completely broke. The seller haltered him walked him on his trailer and went down the road with him to meet us. When we met to get him on our trailer he went nuts. Had to back the trailers to each other and run him on. If he would see us he would start running himself into the trailer once he was loaded on ours. I mean he was wild. We drove him 16 hours home. We got him home and in his pen and he still went nuts. We thought for sure he wasnt even broke. He was ready to KILL. Threw another calf in with him and in a couple of days we were able to halter him and walk him around and acts like he is show broke. Big teddy bear. It's been a couple weeks now and now when I walk into the pen he acts like he is going to charge after me. Everytime we halter him I have to get a rope around his neck to hold him still to get the halter on him but once he is haltered he is fine. Will let you pet him when tied up and will lead like a perfect show calf but when the halter is off and I am in his pen he keeps acting like he is going to kill me and charge after me but once he is haltered he is fine. Does anyone have any tips to help him get calmed down. Like I said once the halter is on he is a baby but if hes not he is like a wild bull. Any help or tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
Title: Re: Tips for wild show calf
Post by: knabe on November 30, 2018, 02:07:58 PM
Put him in a pen. Get a friend or two, and just stand next to the pen. Start talking but do noting to steer..  if he pays attention to you in a positive way, scratch him with show stick. When he leaves, just ignore him. Repeat.  Get him so hes curious about being with you. Have no intention of even haltering him. Progress to getting in the pen, but still ignoring  keep him away from you if hes not giving you good feedback.


Not having a halter on their head more quickly reveals behaviors to humans that cattle are having and gets humans to see things earlier.
Title: Re: Tips for wild show calf
Post by: knabe on December 03, 2018, 02:05:02 AM
Any progress?