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Thank you MLS!!! PETA rears it's ugly head again - yes - UGLY!!!!!
If the makers of this video had their way, there would be no horse shows, no horseback riding - no horses in stables - and no horses in any kind of fencing. All horses would all be running free from all human intervention.
Horse shows - espcially those with jumping involved - would be banned because horses can (and occasionally do) get injured during a jump or landing.
Sorry for such a long rant - but I really felt that my home state was getting slammed in some of this.
Please be aware - the prisoners are NOT responsible for the treatment of that horse. The prisoners are not the ones who led it out on horseback. That was the RODEO COMPANY!!!!
If the rodeo company had euthanized the horse out in the arena, people would still have been screaming for their blood. Please understand - I do not believe the situation was handled well at all, but I can tell you from the news accounts (which were NOT mentioned in the video) the trailer was moved up to block the public's view of the euthanization of the horse - AND IT WAS NOT LEFT TO SUFFER!!!!
Rodeo stock is generally very well cared for - even the smaller rodeo companies have a lot invested in their bucking and roping stock, and take pains to see that it is well cared for. Accidents do happen - and there are occasional injuries (far more often to the human participants).
I was at a small youth rodeo about three weeks ago. There was NO bucking stock involved (unless you count the sheep for the muttin' bustin'). One girls horse slipped and fell rounding a barrel. It injured it's leg in the fall. Was that cruelty, or an accident? The horse was led out of the arena to a trailer to be taken to the vet. Was that cruelty? I understand the horse is expected to make a full recovery - it was just some sort of mild sprain - but the horse wouldn't put any weight on it in the arena. Should he have been put down in front of all those children - before his injury had been evaluated?
I guess my point (and rant
) is that the rodeo fans and the sport of were set up in that video - which was deliberatly slanted to incite a very extreme point of view (and it obviously worked!). The incident is the exception, not the rule, and while sad and regrettable, no "sport" or show involving horses or any other animal is completely safe.
And just to counter one other snide comment made in the video - the prisoners allowed to participate in the rodeo are not necessarily all violent offenders - and they are only allowed to participate if their behavior warrants it.