Hi- I have a pet Holstein steer that I bought from a dairy to raise as pet when he was 3 days old. "Cupid" is now 3 years old and weighs over 2000 pounds! He is a very sweet boy--a big pet--I bathe him and sit on him (we used to ride him until he got so big). He even had his picture made with Santa Claus last year. Anyway, Cupid has a problem and my vet doesn't know what it is or what to do about it. He got so fat this summer (from daily feedings of sweet feed, cookies, beer--he loved his goodies!) that he started getting sores on his hips from lying down so much. I realized he was too fat--he looked like a beef steer with his prominent bony frame hidden under the rolls of fat. He had trouble getting up and he had quit running and bucking. So I put him in a smaller pasture and quit feeding him. There was grass and weeds and I figured he would have to be moving around to eat enough to get his fill. It took a few weeks, but he finally lost some weight. I noticed he started picking his hind legs up close to his belly. Sometimes alternately, sometimes one over and over. He does it when he walks and sometimes when he is standing still. He doesn't do it all the time, though. And he can run and buck. So he isn't lame. I suspected that he had ligament damage due to the excess weight. But the vet said if that were the case, his legs would "catch". I thought maybe he was hungry and his stomach was cramping. So I have started feeding him hay daily. He does it even when he is full. I keep him brushed, so there are no burrs or briars that would be bothering him. I just don't know what to do. I'm afraid I did permanent damage by overfeeding him. Does anyone have any idea? I know very little about cows except what I have read in conjunction with raising him. The farmers that I know don't know what is causing this either. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Susan Westfall, Bristol, Virginia.