Originally Posted by MangoRoX87
I completely understand you opinion COWCHICK, but naturally I have to dissagree. I've had a horse get excited sure, but they never blindly ran themselves into a fence. And if it doesn't hurt them, why even put fleece on it? Why have a connector strap on an actual saddle to prevent the back cinch from sliding back if it won't bother a horse? Why would the horses just flat out refuse to go out, and do whatever they can do to try not getting in a chute? And I've yet to understand the goals that are born during the traveling rodeo circuits. Can't just leave the poor mare behind in a non stressful environment to have her colt?
I've yet to go to a SINGLE rodeo where the stock are actually managed well. So, most of my opinion is based on pure experience...
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My generic answers are no longer satisfying.
Hip flanking 101...
The flank strap does not hurt the horse to cause him to buck. The flank strap causes him to basically use his back end equally kicking, it makes for a better kick out, and is a safety measuse for horse and rider. If he kicks with one hind and one front out he is more likely to strain himself or injure. Horses are not flanked equally...some horses need very little flank some need more to get them to kick properly. When they buck them out as youngsters they experiment with what works for the horse and make note. Just like finding the best method to ride your horse or train him...all horses are different.
Going back to horses that stall in the chute....
Horses are either a right hand or a left hand delivery...if they deliver him off the wrong side he may stall because he is not used to it. He may be a young horse...young horses may stall. Improper flanking may cause stalling...if the flank is pulled too soon he may stall or not at the proper pressure for that paticular horse. Some horses are both bareback and saddle bronc horses, so he might be right hand delivery for saddle bronc and left for bareback...some girls change bits for different events, one bit for barrels, the other for poles...same concept...plus, hey they are horses...have you had a perfect ride everytime? Posted via Mobile Device