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  • #21
    Originally posted by gradytb View Post
    Have Longhorns to maintain my ag exemption—adopted Sam who retired from the Fort Worth Stockyards cattle drive herd and he passed away at age 30. Tall-over 16.2 with huge twisted horns and sweet as could be. Have 2 steers now—Walter, who I've had since he was 3 months old, and Henry who was born here when I had a few longhorn cows. Walter is a sweetheart, Henry is piggy and not exactly mean, but he will hook at you a little if you mess with him. Once two OtTBs got over their initial shock of trying to figure out what they were, both were hell-bent on being friends with the steers! The steers.....not so much. They all respect each other and we have our routine so it all works. Had 2 riding steers about 10 years ago, Bingo and Tater Tot. Belonged to the ex-boyfriend and he later sold them, but they were pretty good boys too.
    I am always amazed at how gentle Longhorns are. They are the sweetest cows. At the last fair I was at, a man had a bunch there and he was giving rides on his longhorns! Like pony rides but with cows

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    • #22
      Originally posted by StormyDay View Post

      I am always amazed at how gentle Longhorns are. They are the sweetest cows. At the last fair I was at, a man had a bunch there and he was giving rides on his longhorns! Like pony rides but with cows
      Old Sam was so funny. One day I was in the feed room, which just has a regular people door. I was getting supper ready and I hear something RIGHT behind me and I turned around, and Sam, his head and shoulders—and giant horns—were now in there with me! He just wanted some cubes. They know EXACTLY where their horns are, and as long as you don't try to shoo them or scare them, they will turn their heads, and navigate everything back out of whatever they get into.!

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        • #24
          Originally posted by gradytb View Post

          Old Sam was so funny. One day I was in the feed room, which just has a regular people door. I was getting supper ready and I hear something RIGHT behind me and I turned around, and Sam, his head and shoulders—and giant horns—were now in there with me! He just wanted some cubes. They know EXACTLY where their horns are, and as long as you don't try to shoo them or scare them, they will turn their heads, and navigate everything back out of whatever they get into.!
          That is fascinating. Thanks. I know almost nothing about cattle.

          Other than helping to herd a recalcitrant herd of Holsteins from woods to field and having had a herd show up in my yard one morning (many years ago) I am ignorant but for what I have learned on COTH.

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