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post #1 of 70 Old 12-05-2013, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Utah Equestrian News: Controversial horse roping competition held in Tremonton
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post #2 of 70 Old 12-05-2013, 11:42 PM
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I would want to do a lot more research into this sport to understand it before I voted. I would need to hear from both it's supporters and it's detractors to make an informed decision.

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well, I am not sure how to feel about that. I will say that those guys are a LOT gentler than you'll see in Mexico.

I wonder why they used babies.
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Our rescue had a pony who was part of several of these events. It should be outlawed. He had a dislocated hip that was irreparable. He managed to live comfortable enough on it until he was older and lost the muscle that was holding him together. He did have to be put down. :(

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I posted in another thread about this but here's my opinion.

I find the current way they do this to be sick. How can horsemen claim to like horses and then do this to them?

In any case, I can see how roping a horse would be fun, but maybe if they changed the sport and made it so they roped and the fastest time to get both ropes around the neck wins or if they rope it, and then halter/put a bareback pad on it or something and the fastest time wins...I don't know. It's not for me.
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It should be outlawed everywhere, not just in some states. Horse bustling is pointless, dangerous, and cruel. The 'wild' horse race should be done away with as well. So should bronc busting. Hot shoting a horse is not sport.
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Utah Equine, You need to know the difference between horse tripping and horse roping. When you get more educated come talk.

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post #8 of 70 Old 12-06-2013, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77 View Post
Utah Equine, You need to know the difference between horse tripping and horse roping. When you get more educated come talk.
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Traditional Mexican horse tripping is roping the hinds only, not roping the neck and fronts.

Roping around the neck and then fronts and laying them is what is used for working horses to brand and doctor young stock. The Mexicans also do mangana which is the same but not to be confused with tripping.

In the video that was posted in a different thread that was supposedly with your blog showed a bald faced horse "dragged by the neck". If you actually watch the horse was not dragged, he hopped around and fell, the roper faced and gave slack as not to choke. He handled the horse properly for the situation.
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I'm on my phone and can't view the article. And to be totally honest, I'm not too familiar with either sport, but is this not similar to calf roping? If it's cruel to rope foals, shouldn't it be the same with calves? Are the two different? I don't care for either myself, but it seems more people get outraged at foal roping than calf roping because we ride horses, whereas cows are just food livestock.

Will have to look more into it when I get to an actual computer.

ETA: I'm talking purely about sport. I understand the need to rope on a farm out of necessity.

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