Thursday, April 22, 2010

Please Don't Send PETA

I mentioned a few days ago that we had something bad happen to Mojo.  Do you remember Mojo?


He's one of our 2 year old bulls.  The husband's FAVORITE bull to be exact.  But Mojo had an issue, he's pretty skittish.  Doesn't take much to rile him up.  So we sent him to stay with Rent-a-Husband for awhile.  Rent-a-Husband was working with him for us.  Taking him to the arena, putting him in the chute, calming him down with all the activities associated with bucking (Rent-a-husband has more time and arenas available than we do right now).

Mojo goes into blind panic when you put him by himself, well he did at first.  He actually went crazy at Rent-a-Husband's house right after he got there.  Tried to clear his pipe pen and busted his head on the top rail.  Rent-a-husband thought it killed him.  But Mojo got up and went on.  Vet looked at him and said it broke his jaw!

Then we tried bucking him about a month ago.  When he got off the trailer, he kicked thru the load alley and cut his leg really bad.  No bucking that day!

He has been one disaster after another.  But he is still the Husband and Rent-a-Husband's favorite.  They really needed to know how well he bucks because both want to breed with him.  So finally, he was healed up enough to buck while I was in SC.  Husband had to work so Rent-a-Husband took him.

Husband gets the call that Mojo broke his leg while bucking.  Rent-a-Husband is beside himself.  Feels so bad.  Husband tells him that this stuff happens and he doesn't blame him one bit.  They decide to wait and see how he is before they put him down.

Fast forward to last week...Mojo is getting around on his own.  He's able to lay down, get up, move around.  He eats and drinks.  We decide to give him a chance.  Vet looks at him (same one that worked on Doodle) and tells us that we may be able to put him in a contraption to immobilize the leg.  Gives husband 10 page instruction manual to build contraption.

After much consideration and weighing the pros and cons, we finally decided to just let him be.  There were so many variables to the contraption.  Plus it would most likely rub sores that may become infected.  And Mojo is not easy to handle.  If he was a pet, it would be one thing.  But he's FAR from that.

On Sunday, Rent-a-Husband hauled him back to our place.  We turned him out in the arena by himself (he's a lot better about being by himself and the arena is pretty large).

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That's his broke leg, left rear.  Broke it up high.  We're hoping it will heal itself.  Don't care if it's crooked.  Just want him to live and hopefully eventually be able to use him for breeding purposes.  If at any point we think he is suffering, we will put him down.  We're hoping for the best but you never know.

28 comments:

Dee said...

How awful. :( Hopefully it will heal enough that he can be used for breeding purposes anyway.

Goodwife said...

It's never any fun having critters that just don't get you aren't going to hurt them! We had a milk cow named Addie when I was little and she threw such a fit about being milked that she broke her leg. I'd say if Mojo is able to get up down and all around, and his appetite and drinking are good he'll probably be just fine. Hopefully the leg will heal strong enough to support his weight when he mounts....I'll bet it will though! If you keep working with him maybe he would get calmed down enough to use a phantom so you could AI him, but if he's as silly as you say that day may never come either!

Sydney said...

Geeze poor boy. I hope he doesn't breed that nuttiness into his babies.

Scrappy Doo said...

Hope he makes it. Poor guy.

fernvalley01 said...

Too bad ! he is a good looking bull. Hopefully once he is back with others he will settle and stop injuring himself. Would it be worthwhile to collect form him in case the leg doesn't set well?

retriever farm said...

I'm sure he'll heal up just fine, and boys will always manage around any obstical for breeding. I think you made a good choice. sounds like with his personality being confinded would be torture for him

Paula said...

My mama would say that he's full of piss and vinegar! You are doing what you think is best. That is all that matters.

Mikey said...

He's just accident prone! He sure is good looking though. I can see why'd you want to keep him.

Reddunappy said...

He is a cool looking bull! Just a little loopy in the head LOL I hope he makes more colorful babies.

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

That stinks....darn animals -- one just never knows. He doesn't look like he is doing too badly -- he sounds like he is one tough cookie!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh my gosh that is so frustrating for you guys!! I'm sorry to hear this news! I hope he is on the path to healing without any complications!

ps~ I won't call PETA!

Paintsmh said...

Why is it always the favorites? I was doing registrations yesterday and needed my personal account number, which is on all the old done ones that the Holstein Association sends out. Naturally when I flipped open the current reg. book which holds cows that are dead but still have calves in the herd and those still alive etc the page with my number on it was my favorite Merlot Kenyon daughter that broke her neck this winter. GO FIGURE!

Hope he heals up okay. Tell the husband I feel his pain on it very very much.

threecollie said...

I hope he comes around. You have had the worst luck....so sorry

Lil Mama said...

ahh poop! I hope everything works out

Nicole J said...

Wow your bull sounds like our Stud horse. Our stud it doesn't take much and he's hurting himself. I hope the bull makes it. If so he'll be a great breeding bull! He's very pretty!

Snappy Di said...

Like they say, "If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all". Sounds like that's Mojo.

Di

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

It's always the good looking ones that are crazy. Hope he makes it.

K. T. Sparks said...

Poor thing and he is so handsome. Hope it works out for him in the long run of things

Suzanne said...

He's a beautiful piece of work. Wishing him well.

West Side of Straight said...

Poor Mojo! Just ranchers luck/like us, something always happens to the ones we like the best!!! Since it's a back leg, if kept for breeding will you collect him for AI, or will he be strong enough to breed naturally?

Jocelyn said...

Wow he is pretty for a MOO COW!

I am on the other side of the coin, I would have put him down Immediately. It's is always the favorites isnt it? My Father IN law says the SAME THING about his Mamma cows.

Gail said...

Farm life is not easy. It is difficult every time we lose something or it is injured. Doesn't happen often but any is too much.

If it is meant to be, he shall heal and be a very good breeder.

Nikker said...

Wild as a March Hare is he? ( : Wish him a quick and full recovery!

Linda said...

Yikes! We had a breeding bul that broke his leg one summer....it healed on it's own and we used him for two more years.

Farmchick said...

He looks like a pretty tough guy..I think he is going to recover just fine.... :)

Stop over and visit me soon. :)

Andrea said...

AWHHH!! I am going to call PETA right now!! LOL!! Poor guy, I hope he gets better soon. It always happens to the ones you like the most. We have a mare here that is crazy, and she has been through the ringer, if it were any other horse it would have died by now, but not her, she'll live forever!! LOL!! Hope Mojo feels better soon!

Shirley said...

Hope he haels up well enough for breeding; do you AI or live cover? AI might work better for him. Too bad he didn't get a career in the chutes, but maybe his babies will give him the glory.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Hoping for a speedy recovery. That is amazing he can get around. I'm curious why the boys like him so much though. Why would they want babies from a bull that doesn't have the temperment for the bucking job and didn't stay sound?