In the comments section of my last post, Christie reminded me that my roping steer will need "a good neoprene horn wrap."This wasn't news to me. In fact, I was positively looking forward to making that horn wrap.
It was Christie's next sentence that was cause for concern. She wrote: Remember it also covers the ears.
In fact, I didn't remember that. I'm not sure I ever even knew it in the first place. I grabbed my steer and took a good hard look at his ears. "This will never work," I thought. Within ten minutes, the offending body parts had been removed.
At this point, there was a real temptation to leave him earless. Doing so would greatly simplify horn wrap design and fitting. Unfortunately, it would also limit his use to the roping events. Since I have vague notions regarding steer wrestling and team penning set-ups, a one trick steer is not in my best interest. I decided the best course of action was to make him some nice, flat, unobtrusive ears.
Using Laura Skillern's method, I made the replacement ears.When the epoxy was partially set, I held the ears against the steer's head and carefully squished them into place.
I also trimmed the excess epoxy with my X-acto knife. Once this was done, I removed the ears and let them finishing curing.
The next day, I glued the ears into place with super glue and a pinch of baking soda.
I covered the join with epoxy and let cure.
The new ears aren't perfect, but they don't need to be. What matters is whether or not they'll fit under a horn wrap. On that score, I feel pretty confident.
Tack friendly customizing for cows, who woulda thunk?