Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxford, Nova Scotia
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[I have not yet watched the videos, but I have to say that I never really thought of bronc riding as a big deal. It might be because I grew up around rodeos? The broncs and bulls at our rodeos were really pretty well cared for (possibly a little too long of feet). They were also pretty nice animals when they were out of the chutes.
The bucking straps are fleece lined, and not even put on really tight. They are meant to tickle/annoy rather than hurt.
The spurs used for scoring are fairly blunt rather than sharp, and are not jabbed in, but rolled down the shoulder.
I don't remember the use of shocking devices at our rodeos.
Good bucking horses and bulls are actually very valuable, and can go for some pretty high prices.
Around the rodeos, I actually had the hardest time watching the team roping and calf roping. They did look like they were getting ripped apart and dragged by the head.
The videos shown may be more extreme examples, but what horseluver described, I did not see growing up.]
When big money is involved, people get really nasty. The Cheyanne Frontier Days rodeo has been charged a couple times with animal abuse I believe as has a big rodeo that happens somewhere in Illinois and I've seen several videos that clearly show the guys around the chutes, pulling ears, slamming horses heads against the bars, shocking then hiding the devices (all while the rules guy is standing right beside them). I've also seen numerous videos where calves and steers did not get up. Broken legs, broken necks, asphyxia, ....