Yes, I'm referring purely to the 'broncing'.
If you read my post, I have spoken about me not knowing the full picture, and about my honest curiosity.
Know I have learnt that the Rodeo comprises of different things. I did not know that barrel racing etc. was included in the 'rodeo'. I thought Rodeo purely meant where they strap the horses up, plonk the rider on and see how long he can stay on.
A lot of the videos I've watched belong to sharkonline. I'd like it if some of you could watch them and tell me if these are different events.
Technically rodeo is just bronc riding and roping, but around here rodeos also include events like speed events, WP, and stuff like that.
Any animal cruelty website is nothing but biased videos. They find these backyard rodeos where all kinds of abuse happens and they try to pull them off as a normal pro rodeo kind of thing, when in fact, it is not. Sure, there's abuse in any horse sport, but I guarantee you that the majority of the broncs are very well taken care of.
Matter of fact, I have a good friend whose father raises and trains them, and the first time I went to their farm I had NO idea that any of their horses were broncs. They were all so calm, easy to catch, and wanting attention and to be petted. They all had freshly trimmed fit and plenty of room to run and play and just be horses. Is it like that everywhere? Certainly not. But, like I said, most of them are not abused.
And if it is the spurring and the flopping around that makes you cringe, you should check out most of the barrel racers. I am a barrel racer myself, but originally being a cutter and a reiner, I have a lot better composure and balance when it comes to barrel racing and pole bending. I swear about 2/3rds of the riders around here make it a personal goal to leave welts in their horse's side because they get to kicking all the way through the run.
I can understand why you would be against bronc riding, though. It can look pretty rough until you take the time to actually understand what they are doing and what all of the equipment is for and stuff.
Wow. I rambled on there didn't I? lol.