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So I was on Facebook today and saw a post about Boer horns. I missed the original post that apparently involved someone who had purchased a registered buck with what many called wild horns. I did not see that original post but something that was said in relation to that post caught my attention. Someone was saying that it is not uncommon for people to shape their horns as kids. So anyone have info on this?
 

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Unfortunately the post with the wild horn set was removed.So I am not 100% positive s to what they mean by wild. I was more curious as to how they would shape them. Not something I feel a need to do but it is something I am curious as to the process of how it is done
 

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I bet they are talking about horn weights or even taping the horns to a small dowel or something to make them grow more correctly. I myself kinda like the wild horns more then the abga standards. Less chance of hooking and with bucks rubbing on the neck or crewing with their ability with turning their heads. But it is not ABGA standards so it defiantly frowned upon with show people
 

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I imagine Beefs horns will be considered wild eventually. I do not like them super close in on their shoulders/neck, so it does not bother me. His kids get good gains and I am generally more focused on rail weight. The fellow pictured had some nice lines behind him.
 

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I saw that post.

There are many reasons why wild type horns are looked down upon. Nevertheless, it doesn’t really matter for commercial stock.

Yes, some breeders do try to correct horn shape. However, I believe it would be impossible to correct those wild type horns. They are what they are.
 

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I had saved these ages ago but forgot to cite a source. I found them so interesting. Two are for bucks, one is for does.
 

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The sad part is, we have no clue how the horns will end up when they are mature.
Sometimes they can change direction.

Kinda sad also for ABGA to make the horns a big issue when you have a beautiful animal, but there is justification for it.
 

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I saw someone posted in light of that topic on FB, but didn't see the original post. I don't like the wild horns, and wouldn't want them. But if he is a proven buck and has not thrown that horn set and is manageable, then I don't see what the fuss is about. However... if he is throwing that horn set and comes off as unpredictable? Nope.

I've heard or seen random comments over the years about shaping, and manipulating horns, but honestly never known anyone who has done that. The only thing I know of is sanding/smoothing and just making them look nice and smooth for shows or sales.
 

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See this is my boy Beef. I figure his horns would be less than desirable.He was a bit over a year in this pic.His horns are currently huge in my mind but they actually follow the double check on the first diagram ay the top. On the third they look like the middle check mark. The thing is that is how they look now. I see the twist starting. By the time he is 5 his horns will be huge. He is currently in the middle of a growth Spurt and his horns just look too big for his body.
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