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post #11 of 68 Old 07-14-2013, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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how are they flimsey lol
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I'm on the fence. I, personally, have very little experience with rodeo including calf roping and steer wrestling. In a functional setting I see little problem with the practices if done humanely, however for the sake of entertainment I get iffy especially regarding calf wrestling. The physics of it doesn't sit well with me, calves are flimsy. Even if they're 'strong' they're still flimsy in the same way any young creature IS- the way their joints and bones are fused and I can see LOTS of room for harm to the animal. Add in a competitive atmosphere and that room is only increased when people go harder, slip up, etc.

I would be interested in hearing some other POVs though.
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what the **** Is calf wreastling thats not even a sport lol
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post #14 of 68 Old 07-14-2013, 01:18 AM
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Roping*, my mistake. No need to get all tiffy, the censors might save you but you might want to watch your language anyway
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I think you'd have to be awful nieve to believe this doesn't harm the animal. No, it might not be broken vertabre but I'd be mire then willing to bet money that many of these animals suffer from stiffness, soreness and pain in their necks and backs. These animals might as well be running full speed info a bring wall.

Get yourself 200 feet of rope and tie one end to something solid. Attach the other end securely to your belt. NOW RUN AD FAST AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!! Let me know how your body feels right after, a few hours after, the next day,etc. Would you dare put that around your neck and repeat it??
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And just another little bite to chew over... IMO calf roping and horse tripping really aren't all to far off. The goal of both is to dead stop a fleeing large animal.
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It was the steer wrestling and an out riders horse collapsed after finishing the race

if they take steer wresting out then they should out law horse racing
show jumping and every thing else that causes injury or death
and what a bout hockey or figure skating Ihave seen people die in these sports
should they ban those too

all sports have risks
even the cowboys ride injured

Lane Frost died when a bull stepped on his heart

And there is Hickstead who died after landing a jump in Europe

jmo
but there is still bull riding

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I don't think it's quite as cut and dry as that, Country_Woman. There are risks in every sport, but no two sports are completely equal and so it's foolish to base one on another, each can only be compared to itself. I am not saying any one should be 'banned', but I think everything needs to be looked at carefully and individually.
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It was the steer wrestling and an out riders horse collapsed after finishing the race

if they take steer wresting out then they should out law horse racing
show jumping and every thing else that causes injury or death
and what a bout hockey or figure skating Ihave seen people die in these sports
should they ban those too

all sports have risks
even the cowboys ride injured

Lane Frost died when a bull stepped on his heart
but there is still bull riding
There are sports that might cause harm and ones that purposefully cause harm. Accidents happen in every sport to both equine and human partners, that's unavoidable, but this is way different. I would imagine it feels similar to being in a car accident for the calf. I'm telling you there is NO way these calves aren't hurting after doing this, both long and short term. Their necks and backs, both muscular and skeletal must take a pounding, landing with all their weight to one side, crushed trachea/esophagus, rope burn, damage to internal organs... Accidents happen, but this is a purpose.
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PS.. any PERSON engaging in sports knows the risks they take. The calves certainly didn't sign up to be caught by their necks at full speed and slammed into the ground.
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