I went to look at some calves today to keep the grass down in the pasture and put some meat in the freezer. One of the calves was a nice looking Holstein bull calf but his front feet were knuckled under. I looked in "Storey's Guide to Rasing Beef Cattle" and it looks like contracted tendons. The book says that mild cases usually get better without treatment but that serious cases might need surgery. Is it worth messing with this animal if the price is right or am I just asking for trouble? If I don't buy him he will get sent to the sale barn tomorrow. I feel sorry for the little guy and if I knew there was a good chance he'd be OK I'd be glad to take him home but I don't want to pay a vet to operate on him. What are the chances that he will get better on his own? What am I getting myself into?