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post #1 of 46 Old 11-13-2010, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Calf Roping

I hate this sport. I watched it yesterday and it is absolutely horrible.

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Calf roping is one of the few rodeo sports where I can acknowledge peoples concerns of it being cruel.

The problem is that in a rodeo setting speed is added which is dangerous to the calf. Obviously it important when doctoring and working with calves on a ranch, but at such high speeds it's probably my least favorite rodeo event.
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Yeah. What is your favourite rodeo event?

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Probably barrels or team roping. :)
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I like barrels too.

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I think it is mimicking what would be done in real life ranch work, but correct me if I'm wrong. Don't worry calves are very hardy!
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I dunno I live in England far away from ranch work but to me on video it seems cruel.

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It is very similar to how actual ranch hands will handle a calf that needs doctoring. The ropers are actually very good about trying not to hurt the calves. They don't want the horse to stop hard enough to jerk the calf off it's feet because that makes their times longer. Often times, if the horse stops too hard, they will put sliding plates on them to give a bit of buffer.

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If you hurt a calf in a rodeo (or on any ranch for that matter) you will be given a very hard time about it. Calves are very hardy and its very rare that one actually does get hurt.
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I don't see it as cruel, it just seems a bit rough.
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