Geesh- No one read my post very well. I said that in general, the "cowboys" I've met around here tend to have no horse sense, talk down to women, and are generally not enjoyable to be around. I didn't say ALL cowboys were "wife beaters", just the ones I've met around here tend to be very disagreeable and unpleasant towards women. Maybe it is just the people in this area, but when they start talking about burning their horse's noise with a lighter for being nippy... Or I see them sawing their horse's mouth off with a huge bit, or beating the daylights out of their horse it isn't going to make me or anyone else think very highly of them!
Or telling me how much they would like to "break" my mare for me, even though it was her first time off the farm as a long yearling and they were shooting their guns off and scaring the daylights out of her. A little warning would have been nice before the guns went off! I got the mare 2 months before that (untouched, unweaned, skinny). She was progressing great, without any help from them. There is a reason I choose to avoid those types of people.
Both ex-bronco's that were rescued (one by me, and one by my instructor) had severe issues. The one mare my instructor had, you couldn't even mount without her throwing a tantrum- we tried putting a stuffed animal on her back and even that was enough to cause her to go ballistic bucking. After months my instructor gave up and sent her to a broodmare farm. My instructor retrained racehorses for a living, so she was more than qualified to handle a "problem horse". The mare I had, I worked with for over a year before I gave her to a rescue. You could get on her, but she would blow up out of the blue and buck until you came off. I know exactly where she came from (it was on her papers) so there is no doubt that she was bucked. I suspect someone beat her really bad as well based on her other behaviors and fear of men.
Most people are not going to want to re-train a bucking horse into a riding horse and risk getting hurt. Not with all the free 2 yr old's out there.
I'm sure large rodeo events are more regulated and the livestock well treated. I just don't see much of that around here. The places (and some of the people) around here are what gives rodeo's a bad name.
Frankly I am tired of seeing the abuse. If it was just one event, that would be one thing... But I've seen it more times than I can count.
Maybe we all did read your post wrong. But I'll admit, even I saw it the same way as everyone else did.
And no not all cowboys are like that. Most horse folk I know of aren't like that. I've only known one like that, the worst he would do to people is swear a LOT, and tell his spouse women shouldn't ride. The worst I've heard him do with a horse is repeatedly pull it's legs out from under it, then whip it till it got up. I just prefer not to have anything to do with him.
But as for rodeos, there are some good ones and some bad ones. And as stated before, not all broncs come out of it bad.
And in my personal opinion, I think saying people don't want to train a bucking horse into a riding horse is the same as saying people don't want to train a racehorse into a riding horse for fear of the horse taking odd and becoming a freight train with them. I don't know about where you are, but around almost every city here there are rescues that largely consist of ex racehorses. Usually the ones that aren't being sold as riding horses are ones with physical issues. And I know a lot of people (myself included) who would take on a ex racehorse/bronc to give them a new and happy life.
I am not saying this to say that you're wrong, I'm just trying to clarify :)