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post #31 of 75 Old 03-16-2011, 01:16 PM
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It gives jobs to horses and cows that would otherwise be on a plate.
You know, I'd be a happy person if I came back in another life as a bronc performing for the Calgary Stampede, for example. Fed well, kept up to date on health matters, turfed out to pasture for 50 weeks of the year, and brought in to chuck some cowboys off for a week? Heck yeah. Where do I sign up?
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Oh My here we go again... I LOVE AND SUPPORT RODEO enough said :)
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post #33 of 75 Old 03-16-2011, 01:19 PM
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I'm not sure about the smaller country rodeos JDI but I think the stock used at the big rodeos are very unlikely to end up anywhere near a plate! Some of those bulls and broncos are FAMOUS! And very valuable animals.

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I'm with you, JDI!

The only other thing I'd rather come back as is a house cat. Sleep 23 hours a day, terrify my adoring owner with crazy mood swings, and turn my nose up at what I don't want to eat, so my owner buys me only the best.

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I'm not sure about the smaller country rodeos JDI but I think the stock used at the big rodeos are very unlikely to end up anywhere near a plate! Some of those bulls and broncos are FAMOUS! And very valuable animals.
(Most of - I can't speak for every animal)the stock around here are very very well cared for and we definitely have our "celebrity status" broncs and bulls! They are very valued and command expensive stud fees; good bronc mares are very prized as well.
My point was that without rodeos, they'd be someone's dinner.


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I agree with everyone else. Those animals are bred for it and they are very well cared for. Bucking is in their bloodlines and they enjoy it just like a good cutting horse loves cutting. The flank strap encourages a bigger buck but nothing can make a horse buck if it doesn't want to.

Do animals get hurt occasionally? Sure. But, I have seen more horses get hurt in the cross country portion of eventing competitions (I have seen all of maybe a dozen of those on TV), than I have seen any animal get hurt at all the rodeos I have attended my entire life, and I usually go to 2-4 per year. Jumping, XC, cutting, roping, reining, dressage, heck even just loping across a pasture on their own holds risk for horses.

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I'm with you, JDI!

The only other thing I'd rather come back as is a house cat. Sleep 23 hours a day, terrify my adoring owner with crazy mood swings, and turn my nose up at what I don't want to eat, so my owner buys me only the best.
Tehee I agree. And just think and construct a cunning plan of how I will take over the world with my cuteness. :P
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As far as i'm concerned there is not a sport out there that does not threaten injury to both horse & rider. Steeplechasing and chuchwagon racing are both highly highly dangerous events but people still enjoy it and do it.
Like others have said, these animals are bred & trained for their job & enjoy doing it. This is why most stand perfectly quiet & calm in the chute until it is opened.
Bucking comes natural to ALL horses, just as trotting, cantering & galloping does. And what horse wouldnt love to have a job where their goal is to get the rider off? Lmao!

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And what horse wouldnt love to have a job where their goal is to get the rider off? Lmao!
LOL Mine would!

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I don't have a problem with rodeo either. Just like in any other sport, horse related or not, there are some that are unsavory places, but that doesn't mean you should judge the whole group by the few bad apples.

The only thing that makes me cringe when I watch it, is the calf roping, when the horse gets a little too excited and starts dragging the calf across the arena by his neck or legs. I know that in real ranch life, roping and branding, etc, are necessary but it upsets me to see it done in an arena. But I am the first to admit that is just me being a softie, and that the animal more than likely isn't hurt by it, though it seems they would be.

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