Throughout the Stock Show, different animals are rotated through the barns as they come up for judging. Yesterday it was all Hereford and Angus cattle. Later it may be be shaggy Highlands or humpy Brahmans. Or Texas Longhorns. The equine stalls were empty, but soon will be filled with riding horses, draft horses, mules or donkeys.
Most of the animals get gussied up inside, but a few stanchions outside allow for open-air beautifying.
The cattle are generally pretty mellow, not that they have any say in the matter. But most of them have spent their lives being prepped for this kind of thing. They get washed and brushed and trimmed. Their hooves are shined up. They get the cattle equivalent of mousse, gel or hairspray to keep their tails and fur fluffed.
(If you don't believe me, check out Ohio Valley Show Supply, purveyors of such fine products as Tail Adhesive and Swine Shine. Not to mention scrotal tape – for measuring, of course!)
Here's one video of the scene inside the barn:
And here's another:
I have some photos of Angus cattle, too, but I'll post them later. It's hard to narrow down all the photos I took!
If you're in the Denver area, do go check out the show. Here's the website. Take the kids!