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    06-19-2011, 08:53 PM
Okay, with this topic I'm fairly uneasy. There are some rodeos that are actually abuse-free. However, I have been in many rodeos myself and have seen a lot of abuse. Yes, calf skin is thick yaddayadda, but I have also seen the way the rider's snap the rope to jerk the calf backwards and slam all their weight on their back. I've seen many calves die from this action just by back and neck injuries.

I definitely do not support the "wild horse race" either.
The rodeo in general is not abuse, it's the people that participate in my opinion.
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    06-19-2011, 09:04 PM
I like to watch rodeos the only thing I don't like it that half the time the animals are electrocuted while there in the holding pen. Not nice...
    06-19-2011, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
I like to watch rodeos the only thing I don't like it that half the time the animals are electrocuted while there in the holding pen. Not nice...
How many times have you personally seen this? "Half the time" is a pretty gross overstatement. Using electricity is highly illegal, and is only seen at bottom of the barrel mostly unsanctioned and low key rodeos. If anyone were caught doing that in pro rodeo, they would be strung up and their careers would be over.
    06-19-2011, 10:39 PM
I just saw it on a few youtube videos not at rodeos I go to
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    06-19-2011, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
I just saw it on a few youtube videos not at rodeos I go to
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Always question the internet. Those videos on YouTube are just like PETA, and basically show you completely unsanctioned rodeos that don't follow any organization and therefore, do not have any governing assembly in place to make rules. It's like video taping horse slaughter in Mexico and trying to tell people that's how they get slaughtered in the US!
    06-19-2011, 11:34 PM
I think it all comes down to... you can find abuse in any disapline or sport involving animals! Rodeo is a sport, just like jumping is a sport and both use spurs. Your always going to find the stupid people in every sport, really you can't escape it!!
    06-19-2011, 11:37 PM
Just to add to that rodeo is my sport so... I wont knock it and I wont knock any other sport
    06-20-2011, 01:10 AM
Well actually, this kind of stuff doesn't only happen at low-key, backyard rodeos. There is one big rodeo that a lot of abuse happens there, I attended once in my life and walked out. The Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo is a pretty big rodeo, as they call it, "The Daddy of Em All".
    06-20-2011, 01:54 AM
Im not bashing the rodeo I enjoy going and all the ones I've been to I have never witnessed abuse and they are not huge rodeos and if a animal is hurt they have people there in a blink of a eye to help the animal. The peta type videos is where I saw the abuse the "hidden side of the rodeo business" type videos
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    06-20-2011, 02:16 AM
The stock is better treated (as a general rule) at the high-end rodeos. The bucking stock is valuable and well-maintained, and thus treated humanely. There's nothing inherently cruel with bucking out horses and bulls (though some of the bull-riders' spurs, if you look, are rather sharp even for a bull's thick hide).

At the low-end rodeos, there is far less regulation, and far greater instances of cruelty and abuse. Bucking stock is not nearly so well taken care of.

Barrel racers are, well, barrel racers. We've hashed and rehashed that issue in many threads. Some are good and some are bad. Most, despite rough treatment, care about their horses' welfare and don't actually intend to be rough/abusive, and barrel racing is absolutely no different than any other horse sport.

However, any way you look at it, the roping and bulldogging events are cruel. They do NOT simulate actual work on the range in the good ol' cowboy heritage days, when the goal was not speed but efficient, stress-free, easy work on the cattle. Jerking a young calf to the ground from a dead run is appalling, and even at some of the bigger pro rodeos, you will see very rough handling of the horned stock (out of view of the spectators, of course). Bulldogging isn't a whole lot better, and it's got to be extremely stressful for the steer. The same thing with team roping. The way those cattle are "trained" to run isn't exactly humane, either....

At some of the real, good ranch rodeos, they practice a style of roping that is far more realistic for a practical working environment, and this shows a far more useful (if less flashy/impressive) skill as well as being far kinder to the cattle.

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