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post #1 of 128 Old 01-06-2012, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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An end to rodeo!

After unknowingly watching a video on the internet tonight that did not warn of the graphic footage i was sickened by the injuries a poor horse suffered at the horns of a bull in a rodeo, the poor horse had a horrible death infront of a packed stadium.. I do-not blame the bull, I blame the people that run these events, its just sickening to think people can sit with their pop corn and coke and enjoy watching this. I think it should be banned! And in another event these idiots thought it would be funny to drag 8 two /three month old foals away from their mothers and take them to the other end of the field and see which could get back to her the quickest!
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post #2 of 128 Old 01-06-2012, 08:59 PM
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Dear lord... don't believe everything on the internet!

I've worked at rodeos (mostly sorting the breakaway, tie down, and bull dogging steers), and I can tell you almost everything 'cruel' you see on youtube is a load of ****. Most of the stuff that you see as being 'cruel' is from backyard rodeos, or illiegal ones. And I can tell you, in any official rodeo out there if anything nasty happens, there are huge consequences and the cowboys (or girls) won't hear the end of it.

PETA and SHARK try to scare the crap out of people, and most of the people who support those organizations are 12 year old girls who don't know any better. PETA and SHARK have done wayyyy more harm then good in the long run.

Yes, bad stuff does happen! But guess what? It is rare for it to happen. No one enjoys a horse being gouged by a bull...... no one enjoys seeing a steer's neck broke in two because some idiot cowboy close lined the poor thing too hard....
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I don't know what rodeo your watching, but I've never seen an "event" that takes foals from their dams and "races" them. I've never seen foals anywhere in the rodeo circuit. There's no need for them. If a mare has a foal on her side, chances are, she's not in a rodeo somewhere.

I'd be interested to know which country this rodeo was in. Like PoofyPony said, it was probably some form of a backyard rodeo.

GOOD rodeo's take care of their stock. Just like good horse owners.

There's always going to be bad rodeos, just like there are bad horse owners. People trying to make a buck.

Don't believe everything you see online.

I support rodeo.
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post #4 of 128 Old 01-06-2012, 09:14 PM
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What poofypony said.

The occasional injury does happen, but that's true in any equine sport. If we shut down an entire discipline each time a horse got hurt, we would not have a horse industry. Should we ban the olympics just because people occasionally get hurt in them?
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Don't believe everything you see and hear. You are allowed to form your own opinion on matters.

I have never seen a foal at a rodeo. As many rodeos as I've been to I've never seen an animal get killed, seen alot of cowboys get hurt. It is a rare event. Every sport is dangerous and has risks, the good rodeos have well taken care of stock and run very smooth.
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I agree with above posts. Also, the livestock there are the owners' LIVELIHOOD why would they purpously injure, or put their animals in harms way that is how they make money to support their families.

Don't just accuse someone of something because you saw it on the internet, or when you have not done the full research on the subject.
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post #7 of 128 Old 01-06-2012, 11:17 PM
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yeah some things can be catastrophic but rodeos arent abusive. the commities and such take great precautions to protect their animals and do whatever they can to make it safe for animals and humans alike. those videos you see of those events arent even legal events. they would not be allowed in the big rodeos.
the rough stock and such in the rodeos are worth 5 or six figures alot of the time and theyre not gonna jeopordize that kind of investment. they take really good care of their livestock.

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you say you saw a horse get gored by a bull? well the big rodeos (really any legal rodeo) will file down a bulls horns so they cannot cause such harm or they will wrap the horns occasionally. they do not allow the bulls to have the sharp pointy horns just for such reasons. and certain events like with the foals are outlawed.

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I would suggest avoiding the nasty videos online. First off, look at the odds: That particular video is very popular. But that ONE RODEO out of THOUSANDS or rodeos, ONE horse out of THOUSANDS of horses. Honestly I have seen some horrific things from any sort of show. I saw horses coming out of the warmup pen at a dressage show with sides dripping blood from spurs. Does that mean I hate dressage? No, I think it is a beautiful sport.

There are screw cases in every discipline.People just have a tendency to only see the bad an none of the good.

Watch any REAL pro rodeo. The bucking straps are lined with fleece for christ's sake.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 128 Old 01-06-2012, 11:41 PM
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sorrel horse is right.
like i said.... one bucking horse at the NFR can be worth $50,000 or more.
one bronc mare cracked her cannon bone and they spent thousands of dollars to get her fixed up and then retired her to breeding. they take very good care of their stock....they arent just thrown away these animals are specifically bred for some research before you judge too much

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