Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
People don't seem to understand that we actually breed broncs exactly how we breed racehorses and show jumpers - we've seen what personality type works, and they're bred to buck. These are horses that, if purchased as a foal, are likely to give you PLENTY of problems as they grow into riding horses. It's like putting a QH bred to the nines with cow into a pasture of cows and seeing him go after them - enough generations of breeding, and it becomes instinct.
My eyes are always on the chutes during rodeo time. It's interesting to me because you can SEE which ones are experienced and which ones are newer. If these were wild and scared animals, cowboys would not be able to easily slip a halter on them. They would not be able to saddle them without issues in the chute. They would not be able to pet them and scratch them without freaking out.
No, these are not pets. These are not horses that have ever learned human companionship is something they want. You can usually walk amongst them, but they're indifferent to being pet for the most part - we CREATE that in horses. People seem to have difficulty understanding the difference between wild horse and a working horse. Ranch horses are much the same - they exist to WORK and don't have time for treats and petting.
A bucking horse for SURE knows his job. They can't have rank stock in there - a crazed Mustang is the LAST thing a rodeo wants because crashes are good for business, DEATHS are not. It's not just ANY horse coming out of that chute - that is generations of the finest buckers in the world, and an animal that's been worked and fine tuned to ensure he's a wicked competitor without being a danger to himself and to the cowboys.
Ironically, bulls and steers fit much more into the category of wild animals. Watch a bull in the chute - unless they have a ton of experience, they'll smash the sides, try to jump out, buck around, and even lay down. These are animals that just don't have the domestic streak that horses do yet, a wild animal that IS out to kill.
Don't forget ladies and gentlemen - a Mustang stallion on the fight is one of the single most dangerous prey animals alive because they WILL attack to kill. If these horses are so wild, crazy and scared - why aren't they mauling cowboys instead of happily prancing out of the ring?
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.