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    07-14-2010, 11:26 PM
  #31
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hevonen    
i ride only western. There are a lot of western riders on here. Im one and if your looking for someone rodeo then talk to my friend (username starlet) she's rodeo and rides western also. I guess we should probably speak up more lol in our area (we're neibors) there is mostly western and rodeo. We have several different rodeos in our county and several surrounding counties.
ahh whatever! Don't exagerate me! I've been in a rodeo only like 4 times! . But we do have rodeos and at the rodeos I wear my boots that I painted with acrylics. I get asked to paint boots several times! Maybe I start a business...
     
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    07-15-2010, 12:44 AM
  #32
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Originally Posted by dee    

Someone said a roping horse doesn't do much - and I beg to differ. If the horse doesn't do his job well, the cowboy doesn't win any $$. A good roping horse knows how to get the roper into position, how to stop the roped calf and keep just enough tension on the rope so that the calf doesn't come out of the loop before the roper gets there. It's not something that just any horse can do. The roping horse that helps his rider finish in the $$ consistently is worth his weight in gold! I've seen grade geldings sell for $10,000 - $15,000 because they are so good at what they do...
I stand corrected ;)
Thanks for that insight, you changed my opinion about the roping horses! I guess its because they make it look so easy!
     
    07-15-2010, 03:55 PM
  #33
dee
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We have the IFYR going on here in Shawnee. It's been years since I've been able to go. I remember one year when my daughter went with her boyfriend. They went to see a couple of his friends compete. They were friends of his from school. I got to see them compete a few times myself, as they later went pro. More recently, they were on the amazing race - sadly, the Oklahoma boys came in second, but still...!

The McCoy brothers were hometown heroes around here long before they became TV stars! :)
     
    07-16-2010, 07:19 PM
  #34
Foal
Rodeo is HUGE in Montana. I have been out of the scene for over 10 years but now my daughter has started riding with one of our top barrel racers here and is learning tons. She has decided to buy the little buckskin mare she is training and is going to compete in High School Rodeo this year. She will run barrels, poles and breakaway. I'm so excited I want to get back into it myself!!
     
    07-20-2010, 03:41 PM
  #35
Foal
The good ones usually do.

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Originally Posted by Eliz    
I stand corrected ;)
Thanks for that insight, you changed my opinion about the roping horses! I guess its because they make it look so easy!
My husband trains calf horses and I have learned so much. There is an awful lot to making one and keeping one going. The horse has to have the heart and the athletic ability, not to mention the mind, but a lot of things have to come together and stay together for a good calf horse.

It's an amazing process to watch and be a part of.
     
    07-20-2010, 03:48 PM
  #36
Foal
Clarification

[QUOTE=Deerly;679539]I guess it depends on what you mean by "rodeo." Barrel racing, pole bending, key holes, those sorts of sports and events are so much fun to watch and participate in and I loooooooooove play days and gymkhanas!!!!

I think English and Western horses and riders can benefit from having some fun and attempting these stimulating and difficult tasks even if it's just for fun and to test your communication with your horse!

When I think of rodeo, however, I think of bucking bulls and horses and little calves being roped and hog tied and all the dangerous and often (unfortunately) abusive and violent things that go along with it.

I grew up around rodeos. My dad was a stock contractor. The animals were fed and cared for before we were. There are definitely some cruel people in rodeo, but that can be said for all walks of life. Overall, they are people who work hard, care for their animals and stay on the brink of poverty to care for them. Today, bucking stock are bred to buck. Roping calves must be a certain weight and there are rules against jerking them down. My husband and I rope calves. We also doctor them, vaccinate them and have not broken one leg ins 7 years. I am certain there are children who are not as well cared for as our animals. While there are rodeos where bad things happen, it's an exception rather than the norm. Saying all rodeos are cruel or abusive is like saying all blondes are dumb. It's simply not true.
     
    07-20-2010, 03:52 PM
  #37
Foal
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Originally Posted by Eliz    
Hm. I guess you're right, barrels/cow work are usually the only "rodeo" sports...

I guess I assumed we were talking "horse rodeo" with all the horse sports.
I personally don't like calling bronc riding or roping or tying horse sports, because they don't really focus on horsemanship (I have nothing AGAINST them, but I don't call them horse sports). Cutting and the sports like it ARE tests of horse/rider harmony thought IMO.
I'd have to disagree. Try break away roping. You have to be in tune with your horse, stay astride your horse, swing a rope and take the best shot your horse gives you. That's just 5 seconds of it. The rest of the time you are training...keeping your horse fit....helping to keep their mind right by giving them other challenges than arena work. It may look like there isn't much going on, but there is a lot going on.
     
    07-20-2010, 04:38 PM
  #38
Foal
Oh God here I go..
I HATE rodeo.
In my opinion (this will NEVER change) I think it's pure animal cruelty desguised as tradition.
We did a whole unit for our course on Animal Welfare. I was shocked when I saw Rodeo, I thought nothing wrong with it... until we studied it.
Barbaric.
     
    07-20-2010, 05:01 PM
  #39
Trained
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Originally Posted by King    
Oh God here I go..
I HATE rodeo.
In my opinion (this will NEVER change) I think it's pure animal cruelty desguised as tradition.
We did a whole unit for our course on Animal Welfare. I was shocked when I saw Rodeo, I thought nothing wrong with it... until we studied it.
Barbaric.
B/C it is not part of your heritage. I can say the same thing for Fox Hunting.

Rodeos where born out of the old west and most of these things are still used to this day on ranches all over the US especially out west. Doctoring and branding cattle are just a few of the things.
     
    07-20-2010, 05:01 PM
  #40
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by King    
Oh God here I go..
I HATE rodeo.
In my opinion (this will NEVER change) I think it's pure animal cruelty desguised as tradition.
We did a whole unit for our course on Animal Welfare. I was shocked when I saw Rodeo, I thought nothing wrong with it... until we studied it.
Barbaric.
I guess one course on Animal Welfare would trump 40 years of animal welfare. Seriously, if you hate rodeo, why must you read about it and comment on the posts by those who don't hate it?
     

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