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View Poll Results: What do you think of Broncos?
They are just scared innocent animals that are being treated horribly 3 11.54%
They know their job and perform it well 19 73.08%
Sure some know what to do, but i dont agree with it 4 15.38%
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post #11 of 31 Old 09-05-2010, 08:28 PM
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There was a really great article about this in western horseman a few issues ago! About how they now breed for the buck and how they take care of the bucking horses. They are treated like show horses. Im not sure if you can read it online but the article was called 'breeding for the buck". Very interesting stuff!
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post #12 of 31 Old 09-05-2010, 08:32 PM
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I don't know about riding, but I know they were sweet when we'd feed them carrots. I'll never forget the stockman coming up and saying "You kids better watch out, that horse will rip your arm off!" and the horse was licking my brothers hand. Of course we stood there wide eyed and about to poop our pants, but he just laughed and told us about each of the different horses.

They used to run them through with the flank straps and no riders to gauge the buck and man, those horses did not have to have a rider to put on a show.

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post #13 of 31 Old 09-05-2010, 08:42 PM
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I agree with the general concensus. Most of them know their jobs and are very happy to do it. Occasionally you will get one that is green and a bit scared or older and a bit sour but generally, they just do their job and call it quits. There was one horse that I couldn't help but laugh at at the last rodeo I went to. She proceeded to buck off her cowboy and then run laps around the arena. Every time she would go to the exit gate and it wasn't open, she would go around again, of course with the pickup men trying to keep up with her. She had her tail in the air and her ears *****ed and you could just tell that she was enjoying playing with the pickup horses, almost daring them to try to catch her. Then as soon as the exit gate was opened, she went straight to it.
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post #14 of 31 Old 09-05-2010, 09:33 PM
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I'm with the majority, as well. I did choose the wrong option on the poll, though.
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post #15 of 31 Old 09-05-2010, 09:35 PM
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I know alot of animal rights people disgree with rodeos especially bronc & bull riding because there are injuries, but if you think about it there are serious injuries in EVERY horse sport & the horses & bulls are very well cared for because the good ones are quite costly.
As for bucking straps, any strap that hurts the horses are acutally banned by rodeo rules in North America. A horse that is in pain will not buck very well either. It is like someone else said - just meant to irritate a horse.

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post #16 of 31 Old 09-05-2010, 10:19 PM
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That's fine with the strap but I still and always won't like it. I don't know why I feel differently about the bulls. Probably cuz man hasn't really tamed them to be ridden.? I guess I just have a tender spot for horses no matter what they are bred for. Can't see having them bucking, falling and all to do their job. I am not an activist by any means but just someone who loves horses and loves to see them running free and or happy with their humans. Not trying to say you guys are wrong but this is how I feel. :)
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Nothing wrong with that at all. There are a lot of people that actually feel that way. I just have such a different side growing up with it.

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Id have to say the most dangerous sport our there for horse & rider would have to be chuck wagon racing (in my opinion). It's fun to watch, but it's never safe to have a bunch or horses strapped together, running full speed around a track in groups. If one horse stumbles or trips then everyone goes down & it's alot easier to steer one horse around an accident than 4 or more.
I'm not all activist about it, though. Not gonna stand outside the rodeos holding signs like some ppl do.

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post #19 of 31 Old 09-05-2010, 11:31 PM
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NAIA: Professional rodeo horses are bred to buck

This is a pretty good article about bucking horses. I agree with everyone. They are performance horses and they like and do their job well. Some horses you can put in a chute and let him out without rider or strap and he'll still buck. I have seen a man at a very small rodeo walk up to his bucking horse in the arena after a ride and halter him and lead him through a crowd of people and back to his trailer. Little kids running around and everything.

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post #20 of 31 Old 09-05-2010, 11:42 PM
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Very interesting thread. =]

I think I'm going to go with the majority on this one, although I can't say I've ever really seen anything to persuade me one way or the other. In theory, though, it makes sense. You certainly can't halter and scratch a crazy, wild, panicked animal. Furthermore, bucking is much more natural than some of the other things we make our horses do. And also, probably less strenous. They buck for MAYBE 8 seconds a few times a day? The few rodeos that I've seen, they rarely used the same animal twice, and even more rarely more than twice. I could be wrong there, but it's what I think I remember seeing. =]

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