Mr. Piney, a Texas Longhorn Steer

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It's not every day you get to see a beautiful, well trained, Texas exhibition longhorn steer walking down the road.

Image by Perry Backus | Ravalli Republic | Used by permission

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Raising Texas longhorn saddle steers is more than just raising steers. It's raising a new part of your family.

In April of 2018 we acquired two new Texas longhorn steers: Mr. Piney and Mr. Jiffy. We don’t waste any time in working with them and getting our new steers haltered and used to a saddle. From the very beginning they were both calm and eager to learn new things.

By summer, Mr. Piney and Mr. Jiffy were used to wearing their saddles. Mr. Piney is usually the one that likes to be led while Mr. Jiffy is happy to just follow along behind.

It doesn’t take long and a couple of months later, they’re both really used to their routine and looking forward to being saddled and taken for walks around the property – sometimes together, sometimes individually. Mr. Piney is like your top student in school who loves to learn and is happy to do whatever you want. Mr. Piney would make an outstanding exhibition  steer to just lead or to ride. 

Mr. Piney's Stats

  • Horns: 80″ 
  • Weight: 1,500 lbs
  • Height: 58″
  • Birthday: June 20, 2017

This is Brian working to put our Texas longhorn steer’s halter on and taking him out the gate. We then tie Mr. Piney up while we give him his grain, brush him and pick up his feet. We do this every morning and the horse Lily hangs out with him.

Mr. Piney getting some scratches behind the ears.

An exhibition steer out for a walk.

Going for a walk down the road.

On the trail to “C” Mountain in Corvallis, MT.

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Mr. Piney - a Texas longhorn steer - in pictures

From the local paper (Ravalli Republic)

Mr. Piney: A riding longhorn steer is turning heads in the Bitterroot Valley

By Perry Backus (used with permission)

“That’s my good boy. You ready? You alright? That’s my good boy. Nice job. Good boy. You’re alright. There you go. That’s a good boy. Here we go.”

With a voice as smooth as silk, Brian Schroder lets go with a constant stream of calming chatter as he climbs a small set of steps and throws his chap-covered leg over the saddle cinched to the 1,500-pound, three-year-old longhorn steer that he’s named Mr. Piney.

The steer with 78-inch horns hardly flinches.

A few minutes later and the pair are ambling down the road to the delight of those happening to be driving by.

“He’s used to moving out,” Schroder said. “He’s not going to be a reining horse. We don’t do dressage. He just stretches out in a long walk, and there we go.” 

Mr. Piney and Schroder have been turning heads all summer long on their rides down Wilcox Lane northeast of Hamilton, on the trails around the large-white “C” above Corvallis and a few stops in Hamilton. 

“We’re headed to Dairy Queen soon,” Schroder said. “I’m going to ride him through the drive-through. I just want to do that. I don’t know why.”

A one-of-a-kind Texas longhorn steer looking for the right home and business opportunity.