Originally Posted by jazzyrider
ok firstly I do agree that it is an issue that should be talked about etc etc etc but, we don't need to keep bringing it up in here. Its a topic that will always end up in a heated argument with rude alerts left right and centre and eventually the thread goes downhill so far that it gets locked and then no one is happy. Don't recall any rude alerts here.
Now my so called intended insult was not intended as that nor was it aimed directly at you. And yes extremism can get good results but I for one know its an uphill battle and get quite tired of people whinging about things but do they go out personally and form a movement on these things?? Maybe you do but I don't know you so im in no position to judge the same as you are in no position to judge me based on the fact that I don't think a heated argument about the matter is going to change anything. You are right, making positive changes is always an uphill battle, because people are resistant to change and do prefer to go through life without taking responsibility for the way things are. But does that mean we should just pretend bad things, aren't bad?
You think my riding reference is silly???? Its an illustration. Think about it...we out a saddle on their back which in many cases can hurt the horse if not done properly, we put a huge piece of metal in their mouth that pinches and digs, we put side reins, martingales and other constricting items on our horses and think we are better than the next discipline??? How?? Thinking that one of us is better than the other is a little egotistical and shows how blind people can be once they get a bee in their bonnet. Reread my previous post where I suggested what sort of things you and I, loving horse owners don't do to our horses. These things are standard at rodeos.
I no I certainy don't so to my horses what you are mentioning there and yes, if you were to try and mess with my horses or my dogs I would have you arrested after I beat the living daylights out of you for hurting on of my animals. Having said that, I would probably do the same thing whether they were my horses or not because contrary to what you think I do give a hoot about all horses I just understand that I can't do much about a discipline steeped in tradition and I don't feel that running around carrying on about it is going to do any good. Slavery used to be steeped in tradition. Dog fighting in America used to be steeped in tradition and no one gave it a thought, but consider Michael Vick, the big shot football player who is now spending time in jail thinking about his sins. There are all kinds of things steeped in tradition that we now look upon with disgust, all because someone stood up and said it's wrong.
And I have taken huuuge offence to the idea that I would sit back and watch the abuse without feeling guilty. I personally don't go to either rodeos or the races because of how I feel about them but hey, who in the world am I to stop anyone else from doing it??? Even more offence taken to the thought that I would also celebrate this kind of behaviour. There are numerous references that I have seen where supporters of rodeos have stated "it's a celebration of old time ranching life", and if you took that phrasing personally, I am sorry, it was a sort of generalised statement.
Please, no more discussion about the politics of rodeos. Any answers pertaining to the original question are fine but I don't think the thread needs to be bought down anymore[/quote]
Are you a moderator or the great censor of the internet that you decide who can make any particular type of response? If someone asks where rodeos are, or what people think of rodeos, then I'm going to speak up because it is the right thing to do. And it seems to me that as long as I have not used bad language, I have not called anyone names or called into question their parentage, I have a right to do that just like you have the right to disagree with me on it or ignore my posts altogether.