Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I know very little about western riding, (as my post will demonstrate) however I went to a couple of rodeos where they had calf roping, and I did not see a problem with it. However there was an event, I think it was steer wrestling, where a rider jumps off a moving horse to catch a moving steer and wrestles it to the ground. All was fine until there was a really big dude getting ready to go out on his horse, as soon as I saw him, I thought, he is just too big for that steer.
He broke the steers neck. He was way too pumped up and way too rough with the small steer, he wrestled, wrestled, snapped the poor things neck. The steer lay there for a long time, then got up with its neck hanging at a terrible angle. Some in the crowd, made shocked, upset noises, which were not helped when the announcer laughed, and joked about how cruel rodeos were. About 20-30% of the audience left, myself included.
The other riders who had gone before him, were not like him. They were all a more average weight, this guy was close to 300lbs, (I am not one of those weight haters, my Hub is the same weight) and he was way too pumped up and aggressive.
Because of the number of people leaving, and we were on the other side of the arena to the exit, it took a while to leave, and I heard no gun shot, I would hope they put the steer out of its pain, but I don't know. I also don't know what rules are in place, but a guy this size should not have been wrestling something so small.
I had a lot of fun watching the rodeo, but I would not go back.