Okay I usually don't get involved in the debates on animal cruelty since the definition can vary from person to person. But when I read this blog and saw this video it was horrifying. I am not against a rancher needing to rope a young horse to vaccinate it or brand it but this is ridiculous.
Utah Equestrian News: Controversial horse roping competition held in Tremonton
And maybe I am totally off base and if so please enlighten me as to why this is entertaining.
Keep in mind that I attend rodeos and I am in no way against a well ran rodeo or the cowboys that participate.
Wow...that's sick. I'm all for a good roping event, don't get me wrong, but really?
I don't think the horse needs to fall that many times. And they drag it out by its neck?
I can see how it'd be entertaining if say, the entire event consisted of roping it in the fastest amount of time, getting both ropes around it's neck and then calling it good or, after roping it, have one rider dismount and halter it, but that seems a little morbid for my tastes.
The problem is your seeing 4 runs out of 160 teams.
It's no different than drawing a bad steer team roping. The bald face horse was just a bad draw. The roper didn't choke the horse down, he flopped around and soon as he fell the roper faced then the rope was slack, that was not roper error.
I personally have no issue with horse roping it is a part of what we do to maintain our horse herds just as team roping or calf roping has came from real life ranch work.
Its a sick sport. Before I got my arab she was used for this and horse tripping. It took me over a year but now I can swing a rope over her back and head and swing a lead rope and 'rope' her legs without a melt down. She no longer tries to jump out of her stall or strike out in fear. She used to ether kick or sit down if you went near her back legs. Now she is an angel and loves people.
I lived in an area where allot of charros lived and they are NOT nice to livestock of any type (not all charros/Mexican cowboys fall under this but 95% of the ones i have seen/met do). This "sport" should be banned. Calf roping has its place and WAS used on ranches. Also a horse's legs are much longer and easier to brake than a cow's. Horse roping in Argentina is worst (I saw a clip and out of 10 horses 4 died).
Also that horse looks like a 2 year old! poor thing is going to be terrified of humans and end up dog food because hes so far gone.
Horse roping is more humane than this though (and THIS is what my mare was mostly used for before her last owner)
Neither do I. It's apart of ranch life and needs to be done but that involves get them rope taking care of what needs to be done and letting them go. I also don't have a issue with roping a horse you are training.
What bothers me is, yes, it was only 4 runs out 160 but it turns out each horse got roped 8 times each. Also I these horse are so young and to be put through the stress of being roped multiple times. That seems a bit extreme.
Im ok with roping horses for ranch work, And they have to rope babies, but its NOT done often and they at that point take them in for training so this type of roping stops. Making a sport out of an animal that is 'easy' to brake is not ok. I would rope my horse if i had no other way to grab her but i would NOT go for the legs. 2 ropes around the neck being held by 2 stocky horses would be enough to stop a young horse.
Bahhhh. Both of those videos were awful.
I think that horse roping has its place on the ranch... But I don't know about in the arena, and with babies no less.
And the horse tripping? Are you kidding me? Then again, that culture isn't exactly known for its humane treatment of animals...
I think I'm going to cry x.x
I am basically going to copy and paste the same reply as I posted on the other thread that was started by the author of the article linked in the original post. (she was also the one who put together the YouTube clip)
I will admit to be 'on the hook' about the subject as it something that hits very close to home. I deal with livestock everyday, it is my job, it is how we make a living. Livestock well being dictates my life and my well being.
We use horses to take care of cattle. They are a valuable tool to get a job done. With that said, you said in the above quote(a quote by UtahEquine from the other thread) - horses that are used as roping stock are difficult to make into riding horses. This is very untrue. Think about it, why are horses roped? They are roped so they can be castrated, vaccinated, branded and halter broke. After that they are started to become ranch horses. All of our current horses have been roped and handled in the same manner. All these horses are ranging from 2-15 years old, healthy, strong and willing.
We rope our horses to catch them in the morning to go to work, not front footed, but roped around the neck. They have learned to give to it exactly like you teach a horse to give to the halter. Yet if it is so traumatizing I wouldn't be able to walk up to pet them in a several hundred acre pasture.
All I ask is not to judge a lifestyle or sport on a 4 minute YouTube clip.
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