I agree with you PaintLover. Many bucking horses are extremely well cared for, and the bucking straps are fleece lined and all. Plus they don't wear bits, they have very broad nosebands.
BUT, I don't really agree with it.
I would also like to state, as I've stated before, that abuse is EVERYWHERE!! Even in those pretty dressage arenas and those jumping arenas.
My old friend Bob once new a horse that was out of Hancock...the year was like 1960something. ANYWAY! He was the prettiest bucking horse you would have ever seen. Beautiful to watch, very showy. He knew his job. When the chute opened, he bucked, but not in fear, he did it because he knew that it was his job. And he didn't try to kill the rider, he just gave them a good show. Anyone who rode him in a rodeo won, just because of how well he did his job. Now this same Hancock horse was used in parades all around the midwest. Children could hang all over him and he was the most gentle horse with the most perfect ground manners ever.
Needless to say, he was worth a ton of money, was NEVER abused, knew his job and LOVED it.
There are stories like this everywhere, and there are horribly abused horses everywhere too. It's too hard to pick and choose your horses when the demand to see them is high.
I think that if we want to gripe about something, we should gripe about the wild mare race in rodeos...I hate that with a firey passion...and the horse racing industry too..
Sorry to rant and rave, but that's my 2 cents....and don't buy into everything SHARK tells you. IMO, Peta can go to you know where.