01-18-2012, 07:33 PM
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I love watching broncs. There's nothing better than seeing a good bucking horse rocket out a shoot, IMO.
A lot of people think that bucking horses are just a bunch of renengade saddle horses who decided they hated humans. This is actually far from the truth.
I was reading a very interesting article just a few days ago from the January Edition of the Western Horseman magazine, about a man who has been breeding broncs for years. His animals are beautiful, hefty animals who truely enjoy their jobs. The writer of the article was writing about how it actually took a very specific, very well trained horse to be a good bronc. Since horses are such delicate animals who pick up on a person's feelings, many horses will become disheartened after a few times in the chute if they can't dislodge a rider, not try harder. It takes an animal with a lot of confidence and will to continue bucking as hard as they can every single time.
For those of you who think bronc riding is cruel, I'd advise that you go find that article and read it. It really is an eye opener.