Rodeo veterinarian Greg Knape sedated the steer after the incident and gave him an examination.
"I was able to assess all four limbs, his neck, couldn't find any problems, no broken bones," said Dr. Knape.
Dr. Knape said he reversed the sedative and the animal was back on his feet.
"In three minutes, the calf was standing up like nothing had ever happened to him."
INJURED STEER: You could hear a pin drop after a steer was injured during the steer wrestling competition at @RODEOHOUSTON. I’m hoping to get an update on the injured animal. It was carted off on the truck. https://t.co/zGkkIldnLi pic.twitter.com/MXoRjDFT3a— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) March 14, 2019
The steer had to leave the arena on a truck.
Rodeo officials released the following statement:
Tonight, a steer was injured during the RODEOHOUSTON steer wrestling event. One of the Rodeo's on-site veterinarians responded quickly and is evaluating the steer's injuries. The well-being of our animals is of the upmost importance to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Medical and veterinary professionals are on-site daily to handle any issues. Additionally, Houston SPCA is on-site daily to monitor livestock welfare.