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    03-20-2010, 09:10 AM

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 seriously doubt he really tried to run the calf into the fence. As anyone knows, a 1200 lb horse cannot stop on a dime. The horse was doing its best not to step on the calf. Obviously, ropers are not perfect all the time and you cannot expect anyon in their intire career, not to foul rope a calf. SHARK also believes that riding horses is wrong. I've seen these people at more than 1 rodeo and they tried to accuse me of abusing my horse for when she tried to bite my friend, I smacked her neck with my bare hand. Seriously now?!?!? Like Kevin said, this probably isn't a PRCA event. SHARK will do everything and anything, even lie, to make people feel sorry for them. And I also doubt this calf didn't receive any medical care. If you grew up around rodeos, everyone cares about the animals. I've seen cowboys make friends with the bulls they ride or the bucking horses they ride. If this woulda happened around here, you could bet that the whole crowd would be very vocal that that calf needs care, which it probably did recieve.
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    03-20-2010, 02:55 PM
Originally Posted by RiosDad    
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.
I've watched several rodeos a year for many years and I have seen maybe 4 calves that didn't walk away sound. The ropers try not to jerk the calf to the ground because they have to have them on thier feet before they throw them down to tie them. It may not be the gentlest sport but in most cases it's not abuse.
    03-20-2010, 03:20 PM
Many of the calf ropers I know will put sliding plates on horses that stop too hard, just to soften the stop for the calves without compromising the horse's training. The ropers genuinely don't want a horse that will consistently yank a calf over backward, it makes too much work for them (having to get the calf back up before they can throw it and tie it down), and they will almost always finish out of the money.

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