There is an urban legend that says cows can't lie down to sleep (yeah right) so you can sneak up on them while they are sleeping standing up and push them over. You will even hear from the occasional idiot that claims to have done this. I have "tipped" cows to get them on their backs for DA surgery. You start with a tranquilizer, and a long rope wrapped around the abdomen to pull them down while pressing on nerve points. Anyone who tries to pull the feet out from under an unrestrained cow with their bare hands is in for a memorable experience.
Generally, I get pretty ticked when teenagers come onto the cow board at Bolt and joke about tipping cows. It is possible though. My father flipped one of our Jersey dairy cows onto her back once. She was misbehaving and all other actions were not working so he caught her at just the right moment in her rock and he was able to flip her over. She wasn't a problem after that.
The problem is if they were actually able to knock a cow over and she landed wrong she could end up with a twisted stomach which is ugly.
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