We like to train our steers to be like horses! This not only helps the farm with chores, but makes them a lot of fun with which to to work...and play! The top three “fun” things to do with a Riding Steer:
Go Trail Riding with your “horse” friends and give their horses “Horn Envy”
Enter parades and make the kiddies laugh!
Teach them to pull a carriage and go for a slow, Sunday drive.
A steer's disposition is often a highly inheritable trait. It usually comes from the mother, as to how much aptitude they have for training. We always breed with this goal in mind. All of our steer have, at minimum, the aptitude to carry riders. Because of this, they pass it on to their calves.
There is a very brief window of opportunity during calf-hood, when a steer's young mind can be easily molded, so Ink Blot began to train very early. He began training before he was weaned, and has proven a great student. He is a “standout” in any crowd, due to his coloring, sweet nature, and joy of riding.