What a great show in Nashville. I had a good weekend and was proud of my bulls, especially Smackdown. There's nothing that makes me happier than seeing one of my good friends and one of my bulls team up to be 90+ points.
I asked people on Twitter what they would like to hear about in this week's blog, and the number one response was, "How do you take care of your bulls?"
There is a lot of work involved in raising and caring for bucking bulls, but my main concern is the health and safety of the livestock. Each morning at home, the bulls are grained. The bulls are penned or pastured with other bulls that I know they can get along with, and those that have the lowest chance of causing harm to each other.
While graining, we look through all the bulls and see how they look and how they feel. Typically, I can just look at a bull and know if they're not feeling well just on instinct, but a few things I check for include: how much or little they are eating, how they're moving when we work them, and I also check to see if they have a dry nose or eyes.
Bulls who don't feel well get run into our hydraulic chute where we can get a better look at them. Once we determine what is wrong, we treat them properly and give them the necessary medicine. After that, we monitor them until we notice they are back to full health.
To give the bulls exercise, we bring them out of their pens and up to the arena to have them run laps, you could say, around the arena. Exercising the bulls is a very important part of their health and lets us see how they are moving and if they're ready to hit to road.
When hauling bulls to shows, we have to make sure the trailers are prepared with fresh shavings for comfortable travel. When on the road for the long haul, I typically have the bulls layover either at a sale barn or another stock contractor's place. This way, they have time to rest and are not cooped up for too long.
Once the bulls arrive to an event, the hard-working PBR crew has the bull housing set up and ready for us to unload the bulls. On the morning of an event, we grain the bulls. When the bulls arrive at the arena, they are put into their respective pens and wait to buck. After the show, the bulls are taken back to bull housing to be grained, hayed and watered. My team and I always have our eye on the bulls and are constantly making sure they look healthy and ready to perform.
There are many different aspects to caring for bulls, but I wanted to share a few general things we do at my ranch to keep them happy and healthy.
Lastly, I'd like to mention the recent passing of bucking bull superstar Pandora's Box. I had the honor of hauling him for my best friend Winston Loe, and was proud to have him on my team.
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