Snickerdoodle, she's one of the very first rodeo bred cows we bought. So she holds a special place in our hearts.
About 4 years ago, I had just moved to our new town for my new job. The husband was still living in Stephenville. Doodle, along with others, were at a lease. This lease was cursed! Only bad things happened there.
One day Doodle got out on the neighbor's place. No big deal really, she just got in with his cows. Well, BIG DEAL to him. He chased her in his truck over a cattle guard. Doodle broke her front leg. The guy called to tell us he caught her and was going to have her hauled to the killer's! Excuse me, WHAT?!!
The husband went ballistic. Told him not to touch her and he would be there shortly. He managed to get her loaded on a trailer and moved to a nearby friend's pens. Called our vet friend and asked what could be done. He said he could do experimental surgery on her to pin and cast the leg. It had never been done on a large animal but it worked on small ones. We didn't have anything to lose so let's do it!
So in the pen, they romped Doodle. Laid her out and started. Dr. Broady shaved her leg.
Then the husband started up his welder to generate power for the power tools. As the husband held her leg, they drilled holes for the pins.
Then the husband had to hold her leg straight for Dr. Broady to cast it. Notice the husband put his cap over Doodle's eyes. LOL
Shortly thereafter, Doodle was up.
But the weeks that followed were stressful. We had to fight infection. A friend was into herbal remedies and fed her all kinds of stuff. We didn't care what it was as long as it helped. And I guess it did. Doodle got better. The vet was truly amazed that she lived. He eventually removed the pins and she was as good as new!
Today her right leg is thicker than her left but other than that, you'd never know. The husband and I always cringe when we see her running. Not too long ago, we found her hauling butt down the side of a creek, jumping the ravine. Silly girl! We lecture her to be careful but as you can see from the first picture, she don't listen very well.
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