I am basically going to copy and paste the same reply as I posted on the other thread that was started by the author of the article linked in the original post. (she was also the one who put together the YouTube clip)
I will admit to be 'on the hook' about the subject as it something that hits very close to home. I deal with livestock everyday, it is my job, it is how we make a living. Livestock well being dictates my life and my well being.
We use horses to take care of cattle. They are a valuable tool to get a job done. With that said, you said in the above quote(a quote by UtahEquine from the other thread
) - horses that are used as roping stock are difficult to make into riding horses. This is very untrue. Think about it, why are horses roped? They are roped so they can be castrated, vaccinated, branded and halter broke. After that they are started to become ranch horses. All of our current horses have been roped and handled in the same manner. All these horses are ranging from 2-15 years old, healthy, strong and willing.
We rope our horses to catch them in the morning to go to work, not front footed, but roped around the neck. They have learned to give to it exactly like you teach a horse to give to the halter. Yet if it is so traumatizing I wouldn't be able to walk up to pet them in a several hundred acre pasture.
All I ask is not to judge a lifestyle or sport on a 4 minute YouTube clip.
I would rope my horse if i had no other way to grab her but i would NOT go for the legs. 2 ropes around the neck being held by 2 stocky horses would be enough to stop a young horse.
That is the wrong way to rope a horse, that is a sure fire way to hurt one. That is why a horse is roped around the neck then front footed, it is the safest way to rope a horse.