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View Poll Results: Is horse riding cruel?
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Some events are 34 61.82%
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post #11 of 26 Old 04-03-2007, 06:14 AM
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Aww, I'm so sorry....... You're a angel for helping them, And I'm sure they know that.

Thanks for asking about Meg, I couldn't believe it for timing too!
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post #12 of 26 Old 04-23-2007, 08:55 PM
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Riding horses isn't cruel if they enjoy it. Every horse i ride enjoys it but bronco (sp) riding is cruel cuz of the belt and crap and that really hurts the horse so i'm not for that. 8)
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post #13 of 26 Old 07-02-2007, 06:06 PM
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I'd say that riding isn't cruel. As was pointed out, some people make owning a horse cruel. One needn't keep their horse in a box stall or leave shoes on them (there are alternatives), and if an animal isn't afraid, it's not cruel to put them into horse trailers and haul them about.

Sometimes what appears cruel is only the perception of the person watching. You may be forced to do something that could, to someone who doesn't know any better, look mean and heartless. Wild horses are gathered off the range and squeezed into chutes where they're tipped onto their sides for vaccinations and hoof trimming before sending them into a corral full of other untamed animals, never to return to their freedom. They're full of fear and distrust. Is it cruel? The alternative is letting them die of starvation or thirst out on the range. Which is worse?

I think most bucking stock is cared for better than the general horse population, too. For an eight second ride he may be madder than a hornet, but he's not going to be hurt any worse than most of our horses are if they feel the spur at some point in their lives. You don't see the horses leaving the arena with blood dripping from their sides; the rider is an annoyance more than anything, and the rope doesn't hurt, it's just irritating.

The one 'sport' that I can't handle is bull fighting. I don't care how well it demonstrates horsemanship (and those guys can ride), it's a danged cruel thing to do to both the bull and the risk to the horse is too great.
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post #14 of 26 Old 08-19-2007, 09:20 PM
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Re: What are your views?

Dunno about others, but my horse looks really unhappy when I ride my motorcycle instead of him. He loves our little trips around the neighborhood.
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post #15 of 26 Old 11-12-2007, 09:29 PM
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HEY ED, I THINK YOUR RIGHT ABOUT THE MOTORCYLCE THING, MY HUSBANDS HORSE (HE'S THE ONLY ONE THAT RIDES HIM) WILL GET VERY UPSET WHEN HE TAKES HIS BIKE OUT FOR A RIDE, WE THOUGHT AT FIRST IT WAS THE NOISE SO HE DID NOT START THE BIKE HE JUSTED COASTED UNTIL HE WAS AWAY FROM THE HOUSE, AND HE STILL RAN AROUND ACTING VERY UPSET. I THINK OUR GELDING LOVES TO GO FOR RIDES.
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post #16 of 26 Old 11-13-2007, 03:10 AM
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Well,
Steeplechase isn't that cruel. But it does kill a lot of jockeys and horses, so it kind is. Jumping however, is not cruel. The horse might refuse a jump and a good rider or owner would just think as it as a mistake. Some horse breeds are bred to jump and love it! I also think think that the walking Tennesea, or whatever the breeds called, I think the event they make them do when they have chains on and shoes, I find that very cruel. Do any of you guys?
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post #17 of 26 Old 12-05-2007, 04:49 AM
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It depends. people can make it cruel and people can make it kind.

If the horse is whipped, bashed, smacked and all that then yes it is cruel but if the riding is gentle and done in the best interest of both the horse and the rider then it isn't cruel.

I dont like rodeo events......i just cant see how they can put horses and cattle through all that.

I'm so sorry about what happened to your horse tumai.
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post #18 of 26 Old 12-21-2007, 04:02 PM
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I used to think that rodeo stock was well cared for and actually had a pretty good life considering they work 8 seconds a day (if even that much) but then I watched some videos on youtube of broncos being shocked, their ears being yanked on to make them mad, of them falling down from exhaustion and being kicked and beat on to get back up. I guess it's the same as every other horse event, there are just some people and organizations that have no business in the horse business.

Please speak for the horses, they cant speak for themselves.
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post #19 of 26 Old 12-22-2007, 10:24 PM
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Some events are cruel, I voted.
;) But I don't think most is.
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post #20 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 01:08 AM
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I don't believe the act of riding a horse in itself is cruel.

It's the training used and the lack of proper riding that turns riding cruel for some of these animals. That includes things from ill fitting tack, to the horses being over worked to just plain terrible inconsiderate riders. "Horsemen and women" seeing horses as an animal and not something that actually has feelings for certain people and attachments etc.
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