Originally Posted by COWCHICK77
Much like horses, cattle need to learn to respect you and your horse. If you let them run over the top of you or learn to bluff you they will take advantage of it. Once they learn that, they get obnoxious.
When I worked for a small purebred registered Red Angus ranch we picked out a couple real nice bull calves to hold back and take to a bull sale. I never made them into pets. When I walked out into the pens to feed them their grain I always had a sorting stick or a stock whip in my hand. They were not allowed to crowd me or get pushy.
My neighbor who is in his eighties has a small bunch of cows he spoils. He went to load them in the trailer and they ran him over and about killed him because they don't respect him. They are like horses if they don't respect you are going to get hurt.
This is so true. Making pets out of bulls takes away their natural fear of humans. Then if they are not taught respect, they can kill you. I saw a 2500 pound "pet" bull almost crush a man to death. If it were not for the quick work of some seriously gutsy cowboys, that man would have died. He guy was brushing the bull. He got annoyed and leaned his shoulder and crushed him against the stall panels. One man jumped in and hit the bull in the face to distract him. Another grabbed the injured man and pulled him to safety. It was terrifying.