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post #21 of 25 Old 11-30-2012, 11:45 PM
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I believe sitting on a broken neck is done for protection, you can't talk to a horse and reason with it - heck we can do that with people and we still put them in a neck brace and back board.
They would have put the minimal weight possible on the horse to secure it.

I believe that is the kind thing to do, and it's what I would do with my own horse or dog in that situation.

The bucking horses at rodeos are worth at least 10 times the value of my horse. The very best are worth the value of my house. Of course, as with any animal, heck even children, wives etc there will be some abuse from sick people - but the majority are well taken care of. Usually at the very least, they are valuable and treated as such, at best they are genuinely cared about.
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Originally Posted by Reno Bay View Post
As I have never been behind the scenes of a rodeo, I cannot give any facts. I would hope that the animals are well taken care of outside of the event. I can't really imagine that a horse or bull would enjoy bucking around like a maniac...though that's a far cry better than horse-tripping *cringe*

They quite enjoy it and are taken care of well.

Brother, who is a famous bareback horse of JK's, was injured a few years ago (unrelated to bucking) and they had a rather expensive surgery done on him and turned him out for a year until he got well before bringing him back. Most horses needing a plate and screws would have probably been put down or would have suffered while the owner tried to heal it. They just took him in and had it done, kept him up until he wasn't sore, and kicked him out in the pasture to hang out with his buddies while he got well. He came back really strong and kept bucking.

Skoal's Frontier passed away in January of 2012 at 29 years old. He was famous not only for his bucking ability, but because he wore bell boots. His owner noticed that he was bucking well as a young horse because he was knocking himself, so they put bell boots on him and the rest is history. He retired from bucking at 21. Khadafy Skoal was retired at 21 at the same time as Frontier, and he's still living out his days (and was inducted into the Hall of Fame).

A friend of mine raises bucking bulls and actually bucked some of his stock at Cheyenne over the summer. Those bulls are about as pampered as you can imagine. One of his bulls is really cool -- outside of the arena, his 10 year old daughter can pet on him, feed him treats, and even has sat on him. When he goes into the chute and the music is on, he is a different bull. He knows what his job is and he gets in the zone. He gets amped up for it.

When I die, I'm either coming back as a halter horse, a bucking bull, or a rich old woman's lap dog, because those ones seem to have the life.
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Animals are killed everyday in every situation. Trail rides, rodeos, horse racing, shows,getting out of pasture and killed by vehicle, running through the pasture and breaking leg, colic, etc. Dogs are killed in the line of duty, running loose and getting hit by cars, they bloat and die.
You hold an animal down, any animal down to keep it from hurting itself. It is not cruel. You can't say" please horse, lay still till the vet comes" You can't tell and injured dog not to bite. It is in their genetic makeup to get up and run. That is why race horses that have broken legs, if they can, will get up and try to finish the race.
Accidents happen and that is life. There are not many sports that are cruel, accidents happen and the animals are treated extremely well.
(exceptions to that would be horse tripping for sport, bull fighting for sport, etc)
PETA, SHARK, HSUS all try to make it look like the animals are killed for sport, not the animals are killed/injured while doing some performance event.
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If stock is not taken care of then they don't perform.
If they don't perform, people won't be interested in watching.
If no one watches, no one makes money.
Its in the stock contractors and rodeo producers best interest to take care of them.
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post #25 of 25 Old 12-01-2012, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Reno Bay View Post
As I have never been behind the scenes of a rodeo, I cannot give any facts. I would hope that the animals are well taken care of outside of the event. I can't really imagine that a horse or bull would enjoy bucking around like a maniac...though that's a far cry better than horse-tripping *cringe*
It's actually really interesting to watch the stock at a rodeo- you can always tell the experienced ones from the rookie stock. The experienced stock go, do their job for their 8 seconds, then quit and jog over to the chute to go back to their hay. They know their job and exactly how hard they need to work. The young stock will goof around and burn a lot of energy running about. I wish I only had to work 8 seconds at a time!
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