Big Daddy is the head of the Rough Start herd. He came to us in September of 2010 as part of a large herd confiscated by the state for abuse and neglect. We were told he was a retired rodeo circuit bronc and was aggressive, but only when being ridden.
During his first month with us, we were out moving the heard when a horse fell in front of one of our riders causing the rider to fall off. While horses were still in motion, Big Daddy amazingly went directly over and stood over the rider, protected her from being trampled from the running heard. It was undescribably astonishing and heartwarming to see such a heroic act from him.
Not long after he saved a life, we received word that Big Daddy had fatally injured one of the bronc riders during an incident involving a cattle prod. For this reason he was retired from the circuit.
With a fatal injury in his past we can't adopt Big Daddy out, but because of his heroic act and personality Big Daddy has earned permanent resident status.
His job now consists of guarding the herd and keeping everyone inline, which he does with a firm but kind hoof.