Why would anyone in the rodeo profession want to purposely injure an expensive animal? It would cost them a lot less to make sure everything is done correctly for the sack of the animals.
This is what I read about the bucking strap:
A "flank strap" (or, "bucking strap") is used to encourage the horse to kick out straighter and higher when it bucks. The flank strap is about 4 inches
wide, is usually covered in sheepskin
and fastens behind the widest part of the abdomen
. Flank straps that hurt the horse are not allowed by rodeo rules in the United States.
However, a bucking strap has to be an incentive, not a prod, or the horse will quickly sour and refuse to work. A horse in pain will become sullen and not buck very well,
and harm to the genitalia is anatomically
impossible because the stifle joint of the hind leg limits how far back a flank strap can be attached. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) has stated that burrs and other irritants are at times placed under the flank strap and that improperly used flank straps can cause open wounds and burns if the hair is rubbed off and the skin is chafed raw.
However, while the implied argument behind this claim is that pain "makes" the horse buck, in actual practice, irritants or pain in general actually interfere with a horse's ability to buck in an energetic and athletic fashion.
The city of Pittsburgh
has specifically prohibited the use of flank straps as well as electric prods
or shocking devices, wire tie-downs
, and sharpened or fixed spurs
or rowels at rodeos or rodeo-related events. Some other cities and states have passed similar prohibitions.
I have nothing against the better rodeos. They treat their animals better than I treat mine.