Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Really? Of all rodeo sports, I find barrel racing in general the most abusive by far. A lot of men competing in rodeos grew up on ranches - they're not roping calves when they're not busy being an accountant, they're roping calves to supplement the meager income they earn from roping and doctoring livestock at home. This isn't always true, but in general, most cowboy's have a pretty respectful attitude towards the livestock and their horses.
Barrel racing on the other hand, you will find some of the meanest, vicious, cattiest, no nothing bimbos you'll ever have the displeasure of meeting. I'm not saying ALL, I'm saying it's unreal to me how much of a lunatic a woman wanting to win can become. They have absolutely ZERO respect for their animals and think absolutely nothing of outfitting them with the most vicious bits and tiedowns money can buy, all the while yanking on their heads and gouging them with spurs. I sure as hell have never seen a roping horse, cutting horse, penning horse or for gosh sakes even a BRONCO act as nutjob crazy as half those barrel horses from years of being beat and yanked around by a manicured princess having NO regard for anything but winning that next buckle.
I am a woman. I love barrel racing. I have done barrel racing. And of all the rodeos I've been to, time and time again, I do not witness ANY stock as mistreated and overlooked as the average barrel horse. Obviously, it's not everyone. But when it's completely acceptable for 50% and up of your competitors to act this way and treat their animals this way, why on EARTH are we still going after bronc riders and calf ropers?!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.