Save Heart Cracker (#113)
If you have ever been to a Ward Rodeo than you have seen this amazing bull. The riders call him #113, but those that love him know him as Heart Cracker. Last night in Wilburton he broke his leg jumping a fence. We all know when a bull breaks his leg, he is done. However this is more than a bucking bull. He is family. Rodeo kids, spectators and riders can easily walk up to the pen and this bull will walk on over to get scratched, pet and loved on. He not only puts on the show with his bucking skills but he also brings joy, hope and a unique experience to the kids that love him and pet on him. Last night the Wards agreed to let me have him to take to OSU Emergency Vet Hospital in Stillwater. An estimate at this point is $2500 to $3500 to repair his leg. He may never buck again, but the joy he brings to the rodeo kids doesn't have to stop. I know there is other ways to spend your money or other causes to donate to, but I am asking for your help to save this bull. Crazy, yes...but if you have ever seen a child's eyes light up when they pet this amazing animal then you would know why we are trying to save him. All funds contributed will go to his medical costs. If for some reason there are additional funds left over (which I am hoping the rodeo community, friends and family will help to ensure this) than those funds will go to the Ward Rodeo Co. to replace one of the amazing bulls that they work so hard to raise and bring to our lives. Heart Cracker will more than likely never buck again, but please help me to ensure that his presence stays with us and more children will get to enjoy this bulls loving and sweet personality. I will personally haul him to the rodeos to make sure that the kids still get the feeling of getting to rub on him. Thank you for anything you can do and I want to thank all of my rodeo family for not thinking I am crazy and for the support everyone has showed with prayers for our #113!! And no pressure but x-rays will be done tomorrow and the surgery if we can get the funds. So please share and share and share and lets help our Heart Cracker!! Thanks guys!! -Heather Smithson aka The Rodeo Mom+ Read More
Well just heard from the vet at OSU. They were able to put him under and do the x-rays. There is a fracture of the bone and it appears as if there is a torn ligament. They are going to go ahead and cast him for now. They need to do a CT Scan, however because of his size they are not sure if he will fit in the machine so they are going to let us know about that. Also because of his size they do not have a plate big enough in stock so they are ordering one. They will place the cast and then we will take him back in a week for surgery. With the damage they are not estimating the cost to be around $6000.00. I know I know, most people just put them down, but I do not know how to give up and a refuse to tell all the rodeo kids that know this bull that I could not save him. So I am asking for everyone to please donate to help. I know the norm and I just don't care. These kids love this bull and I will do whatever is needed to save him so they can once again pet him and love on him.