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        03-19-2010, 01:14 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I love rodeo. I love to compete in rodeos. I run barrels and poles, but I also love to watch the bucking events.

    RiosDad: Just so you know, not all barrel horses have fried minds. The majority that I know make excellent walk-trot horses. I can get on my horse and have her act all nutty and run a full out pattern, get off, stick a kid on her and she'll walk-trot the pattern. Most of the horses I know around here are like that, and some get pretty nutty at shows. I can also take my horse from a show, get home and hop on her for a bareback trailride. And she's been doing this for 10 years-ish. :)
         
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        03-19-2010, 02:44 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Wow, what a simple, complex question. Yes, an oxymoron, in a big way.

    Why would folks feel the urge to be cruel to bucking stock that's often worth LOTS of thousands of dollars? Those critters pay their owners' bills.

    I find nothing cruel with rodeo as long as animals are handled correctly. Which does include to roping and barrel horses. A rider who wants a decent horse, and not a brain fried one, has GOT to do more than just ride that animal doing more than just that one thing. My boss's husband up north brought up a good point. A horse can be taught to "neck reign" where it's nothing more than putting SO much force that the horse has no choice but to turn to a given side, where if a "normal" rider got on would say that it's not capable of anything more than plow reigning.

    As to those who ride bucking stock, I wouldn't do it because I like being in one piece. However to those who are good at it and love doing it, by all means. The potential ensuing health risks are at their own risk. If a fella's willing to take the risk, fine.

    Personally, I love rodeo. I wish I had the skills and the stock to compete some in some events.
         
        03-19-2010, 08:26 PM
      #13
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    My uncle used to raise bulls for local rodeos and if any of his workers or any of us tried to poke a bull in the eyes or taz it he woulda killed us. All barrel racing horses brains aren't fried. My 17 year old mare lives for barrel racing and she runs like she's 2...without all the rearing and other stuff you see burn out barrel racers do. You can't seriously bash a discipline without recognizing the good riders out there that have **** good horses. I don't use my 17 year old mare much anymore but younger kids do and she loves them and I trust my little 2 year old on her.
         
        03-19-2010, 09:01 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I like rodeos, ya, theres some animals that arent treated very well, but you can find that anywhere, not jsut rodeos.
    Haha I have always wanted to hop onto a bull and go for a ride, that would be the coolest thing ever. It would be scary, but thrilling, lol.
         
        03-19-2010, 09:20 PM
      #15
    Banned
    Can anyone say this calf was not abused?? Anyone?? Please enlighten me. It was chased down by a 1200 horse, ran wide open into a fence, was trampled on by said horse, then roped and thrown, notice the dangling broken leg and tell me it is going to be all right. Then to top it off a man steps on it's neck to hold it down??
    To me that is abuse. Anyone want to differ??
    This really bothers me, this is outright abuse.
         
        03-19-2010, 09:35 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    ^ yes, that poor calf got really badly hurt and that was way to rough, it was abuse. BUT the thing is, I was at a rodeo and ONE calf got hurt, there were SIX men out there to carry it out on a stretcher thingy, along with two vets, they were out there faster then you could blink, I watched a cowboy break his arm...guess who came out to help him? His buddy. That's all.
    There ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE people that abuse animals in ALL animal related sports, no, I don't actually like calf roping that much, or any rodeo sports with calves in them, but unless your actually doing something about it I don't really care to hear any bashing.
         
        03-19-2010, 10:40 PM
      #17
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    Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
    I like rodeos, ya, theres some animals that arent treated very well, but you can find that anywhere, not jsut rodeos.
    Haha I have always wanted to hop onto a bull and go for a ride, that would be the coolest thing ever. It would be scary, but thrilling, lol.
    At the rodeo I got to sit on this really sweet, docile old bull. It was awesome so then I asked the cowboys if I could ride a bull for real. They were like yeah why not and my mother was like, "heck no! Are you crazy!!!!" lol
         
        03-20-2010, 01:06 AM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    Can anyone say this calf was not abused?? Anyone?? Please enlighten me. It was chased down by a 1200 horse, ran wide open into a fence, was trampled on by said horse, then roped and thrown, notice the dangling broken leg and tell me it is going to be all right. Then to top it off a man steps on it's neck to hold it down??
    To me that is abuse. Anyone want to differ??
    This really bothers me, this is outright abuse.
    YouTube - Rodeo Thugs Abuse & Injure Calf in Garden City, Kansas
    I'll differ!! First I doubt that was a PRCA event like the video implied. It also was not trampled by the horse. It looked to me like the horse was trying like hell to NOT step on it. When he finally gets the calf roped his horse was keeping the rope tight and that is why he was trying to drag the calf toward his horse. Finally he tied the calf and remounted his horse so he could ride forward and put slack in the rope. The man that untied it put his foot on the calfs neck to keep him from struggling and straining while the man untied him. I have done this many hundreds of times and it doesn't hurt the calf in any way. I think this was more a case of an accident than abuse. Also the roper was probably fined because you can see the judge waving him off with a no time and he ignored it and roped the calf anyway (He probably was only seeing the calf and wouldn't notice if an ostrich ran through the arena).

    I'm suprised that you couldn't see the video for the propaganda that it is. Shark is just an arm of PETA and they would like nothing more than to put us all afoot. What do you think these people would say if they saw you ride a horse for the first time or two. I'll bet they would have to have a half a dozen youtube videos to cover your "cruelties".
         
        03-20-2010, 08:07 AM
      #19
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    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    I'm suprised that you couldn't see the video for the propaganda that it is. Shark is just an arm of PETA and they would like nothing more than to put us all afoot. What do you think these people would say if they saw you ride a horse for the first time or two. I'll bet they would have to have a half a dozen youtube videos to cover your "cruelties".
    Kevin over the years I have become extremely soft when it comes to animals. I even pick the dew worms off my driveway after a rain to keep me from backing over them.
    I hate Veal, young calves killed after a few weeks, never had a chance in life because they were born males. I think bulls and broncs are fine, they are big and inflict more damage to humans then they receive themselves.
    I don't care about the riders, they have a choice but a poor calve, scared stiff, chased by a demon, roped, snaped to the ground and maybe maybe goes away without damage. What do you think happened to that poor calf after he was out of the arena??? Do you think he lived to see tomorrow?? Kevin at times I may come across as rough but I won't abuse an animal. We are their champions and we have to speak out for them.
         
        03-20-2010, 08:09 AM
      #20
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
    ^ but unless your actually doing something about it I don't really care to hear any bashing.
    I don't have the power to stop it or else I would. Enough of the right people speak up and maybe it wills stop.
    I also don't like to see 3 year old horses racing.
         

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