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    11-15-2010, 10:32 PM
  #31
Weanling
I had a girl call me about a cute bay filly I had for sale (she is petite, dainty, and about 14.2hh and I had her advertised as an english prospect). This is exactly what she said:

"Well, I'm 16 and I don't have a job other than trainin' barrel horses and sellin' em for money. So I only have $250, would you go that low?"

I was silent with my jaw dropped for a good 5 minutes. Err. No.

I always giggle at 16 year old girls that "train barrel horses" ... not saying there aren't some talented kids out there, but I have a feeling most of them don't even know what a flying lead change is.
     
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    11-16-2010, 04:50 PM
  #32
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Originally Posted by Snookeys    
I had a girl call me about a cute bay filly I had for sale (she is petite, dainty, and about 14.2hh and I had her advertised as an english prospect). This is exactly what she said:

"Well, I'm 16 and I don't have a job other than trainin' barrel horses and sellin' em for money. So I only have $250, would you go that low?"

I was silent with my jaw dropped for a good 5 minutes. Err. No.

I always giggle at 16 year old girls that "train barrel horses" ... not saying there aren't some talented kids out there, but I have a feeling most of them don't even know what a flying lead change is.
hehe. People these days...


I'm sixteen (and been riding my whole life I might add), and the only "barrel training" I can do is teaching a horse how to turn properly in the pocket and come off on the correct lead.

I bet her idea of training them is running them...and running them...and then running them some more, all while jerking their head around and spurring them the whole time.
     
    11-16-2010, 08:29 PM
  #33
Green Broke
It's funny because regardless of age, the statement "I train barrel horses" is usually enough to give you an idea what kind of person you're dealing with. If the training is done right, the pattern itself is an after thought!
     
    11-17-2010, 12:19 AM
  #34
Banned
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.
     
    11-17-2010, 12:32 AM
  #35
Foal
I don't rope but at my barn roping is big and my BO's daughter owns a feed lot and they have calves they take for roping at the barn as well they supply salves for rodeos and I think roping is really misunderstood to ppl who don't really see what goes into it and the ppl that just watch. They train their horses and themselves to be a lot gentler then it looks and the calves are very hardy and the calves are also trained to run straight and not fight. Personally I almost would think they are harder on the cows in bulldogging, considering how they grab em by the horns and twist em over to throw em on the ground.
     
    11-17-2010, 12:35 AM
  #36
Foal
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
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.
bulldogging, and the gun shot probably was them putting it out of it's misery, I don't think it would be likely for them to keep it and doctor an injury like that
     
    11-17-2010, 12:38 AM
  #37
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Originally Posted by dashforcache    
bulldogging, and the gun shot probably was them putting it out of it's misery, I don't think it would be likely for them to keep it and doctor an injury like that
Thanks, and I am sorry for not being clear. It took me about 20 mins to leave the arena and my concern was that I DID NOT hear a gun shot, I would have preferred to have heard one.
     
    11-17-2010, 12:50 AM
  #38
Foal
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
Thanks, and I am sorry for not being clear. It took me about 20 mins to leave the arena and my concern was that I DID NOT hear a gun shot, I would have preferred to have heard one.
no problem, I don't think it's a sport you hear too much about..not here anyways.lol, sorry, I misunderstood what you said but either way, they probably did not keep it like that.
     
    11-17-2010, 02:17 AM
  #39
Banned
I assume not, and I sleep better with that assumption.

I really enjoyed the rodeo until that happened, I would like to go to another if I had a way of knowing something like that would not happen again.
I would love to ride one of those bulls, I have done it a few times in a bar with the fake bulls, and stayed on the whole time, except for once when the operator put it into full mode as soon as it started and I was not ready. I think I could do that. But I ride very English, and have no idea as to how to look for something like that.

As I am completely English in my experience, I was surprised at how much skill I saw at the rodeo. I was stupid, and assumed that they just sat there and threw a rope. I was not terribly keen on the back end spinning of the horse (don't even know what that is called) but I don't really know enough to know if my opinion is a pile of poop or not. Can you tell I am really ignorant about that style of riding LOL.
     
    11-17-2010, 03:04 PM
  #40
Weanling
I really don't know much about rodeos, but from what I see i'm not a fan of calf roping at all. I have seen too many horror stories of injured calves. I understand the use of calf roping in the field, but having it a sport invites the fanatics who could care less about the poor animal.
Mind you, I think it all depends on the rodeo, I was at the farm fair a few days ago, and there was team roping, not too bad, 1 calf left with an injured leg though. It really didn't seem bad up to that point, but I did hear one of the calves yelled out and it sounded like " mom " so that broke my heart. ( i'm not the tough farm girl type so i'm not used to this). But that's just an uneducated opinion on the matter. ^-^"
     

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