Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
As an interesting note, the chuckwagon horse with the shoulder injury was an OUTRIDER horse - not a part of the chuckwagon team. Which means a horse essentially got hurt galloping, by himself, down a straight track. Which could happen to any of us.
The one heart attack was 15 year old team penning horse - certainly plausible. You don't know if there was a heart condition present, and she wasn't a young horse. When a horse drops dead so suddenly she almost kills her rider, it's fairly limited into what happened and all of them quite rare. I would personally be ruling out drugs in this case as a drugged up penning horse isn't going to be useful to anyone. The chuckwagon pony who died of a heart attack in training, that could be another story?
It's a crying shame, but it happens. I won't even go on CBC anymore because I'm so tired of people screaming abuse. Horses die from the EXACT same accidents while racing, eventing, barrel racing, etc. There was no abuse occurring that could have possibly caused these deaths (with the potential exception of the chuckwagon pony).
I'll step right up and agree that I'm not fond of calf roping or even steer wrestling - twisting and snapping any animals neck probably shouldn't be happening for entertainment, regardless of how much they're "built to handle it". But if I hear one more person crying about the chuckwagon races I'm going to hurl - racehorses are injured and destroyed at an astronomical rate compared to chuckwagon ponies. Yeah there's a danger from having four 900 pound animals galloping in sync, but still less then asking a yearling TB to run full out on undeveloped joints.
I just get tired of it. The rodeo has been so badly tarnished and for no other reason then being SUCH a spectacle for city slickers who don't have a clue. If you see them bucking out a horse with a broken leg, SCREAM ABUSE. Don't try to accuse a poor woman in the hospital of abusing her 15 year old mare because she had a heart attack.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.