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post #31 of 120 Old 06-02-2013, 01:42 PM
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horse tripping . nuf said
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I hate rodeos. They do calf roping near here. The one time I went the poor calves were skinny and had bloody legs with rope burns. I've burned my hands on the lead rope, but never enough to draw blood and it hurts!

They also do a wild horse race near here. I hate it! I always wonder what will happen to those horses after that. If anyone tries to train them they are going to have one hell of a traumatized horse on their hands!

The only thing I think is okay is team penning and sorting. The bull riding is okay because I figure the riders are more likely to get hurt than the animals.

I don't like most cowboys. I've met too many wife beaters, men who talk down to women, and people who's idea of training is to beat their horse into submission. For every nice cowboy I've met, I've probably met 10 that I would be happy never seeing again. Sometimes I think the only decent horsemen around here are either farriers, vets, or really old men.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but please do not form an opinion on all rodeos from the only one you've been to.

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I do not like rodeos, at all. Everyone can have their own opinion, but there's mine. I'd put a stop to a lot of the events if I could.
So, I haven't watched, participated in or even wanted to talk about Rodeos in years.

The last thing I watched was team roping. One looped the calf's neck, the other a hind leg. They pulled, something snapped/popped loudly, the calf bawled and it just couldn't get back up. They laughed about it.
So, I gave up any association with them after that.

Also, I know full well that not all rodeos are the same. There are some that treat their animals very well and some with good hearted participants, but I've seen far fewer of those.

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post #34 of 120 Old 06-02-2013, 02:12 PM
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The worst Ive seen at rodeo;

Accident- My friend Hoss(totally his actual name, redneck? haha) was bull riding when his rope slipped and he ended up under the bull. It stepped on his face, ripping his lower jaw nearly off and taking out half of his teeth. He had to have it wired closed.

General- At our local shows the worst thing I see are the barrel racers(usually teens). Overbitted, run plum crazy, arena sour, gate sour, and whipped and kicked like it is going out of style.

One of the worst I saw was a novice teenager with an appy mare that was completely run nuts and sour. She blasted through barrels one and two and instead of rounding the third barrel, she freight trained into the fence. The girl was slung into the fence but not unsaddled. She commenced to cracking the horse over the head and neck with her scatbat and hands until the horse reared back on her and she finally came off. The officials left their box and grabbed the horse and called the girls parents to come gather both their child and the poor horse. I wanted to beat her myself.


Ive never been to a rodeo where the livestock were treated poorly. As far as care the bucking horses have always been in good weight, with good feet, and no injuries. The bulls, steers, and calves all fat, sassy and generally healthy. There are always vets on hand to check the stock as they go through the chutes and the calves and steers before the return to their pen after a run. Livestock are expensive, especially good rodeo stock. Their care is usually a serious issue. That said, accidents do happen and they are unfortunate. Every organization or event has its bad apples. But those are the exception and not the rule.

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post #35 of 120 Old 06-02-2013, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by stevenson View Post
horse tripping . nuf said
Id just like to say that this is NOT an event that happens at 99.9% Ameircan rodeos. It is a Mexican practice and quite barbaric right up there with dog, bull, and cock fighting.
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I'm not familiar with "horse tripping" and do not believe I wish to become such! As for rodeos, I've been to quite a few in my day...growing up in AZ it's fairly cultural (we even have "rodeo beak" here for the kids in school in the spring, in addition to spring break!)...

The worst thing I can recall seeing I had to see VERY UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. My BF at the time was a paramedic and he signed up to do a lot of the "standby's" (the EMS on-scene providers for sporting events) so he could enjoy the show, get paid, and often get some good traumas out of the deal (EMS workers consider traumas "good" in the sense that they get to brush up on their skill set and learn from the experience, not because people are getting harmed, of course!!)...anyhow...to make a long story short (er), a bull rider was gored through the TESTICLE and as a result, the entire, um, testicular "sac" was ripped open and he lost the testicle to that horn (the rack tips were obviously not sawed off of these bulls) and since I, as the GF, was doing a "ride-along" with their unit that night, I was in the rig as the guys transported the unfortunate cowboy to the closest ER "code three" (lights/sirens) & that poor dude literally SCREAMED HIS LUNGS OUT UNTIL HE WAS HOARSE the whole way, even after the IV was in and he received 10 mg morphine IV over the twenty minute transport. He also bleed like a, well, stuck 'cowboy'(?) Ha...very poor taste joke at the end...apologies.

The creepy part was the fellow bullrider who had to pull his buddy's testicle and shredded sac pieces from the horn if the bull where it continued "dangling"!

My BF followed up and actually visited the dude, just to see that he was alright. He did have reconstructive surgery and they sutured the remaining sac back around around the remaining testicle.

The rider was quite lucky actually. If the bull had gored him just a little to one side or the other, he would likely have had his femoral artery severed and bled out in seconds, literally. That or an abdominal puncture, leaving him with peritonitis, or missing part of his gut long term and possibly even with a temporary colostomy! A dude can live with only one testicle, but bit without any blood, and not with a horrid abdominal infection from the contents of the bowel spilling into the abdomen (peritonitis)...he was lucky overall, thus!!

Sorry for my über-grody story! ;0)

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Back2Horseback, your story reminded me of something similar that happened at a women's ranch rodeo a couple years back.

One of our events required us to rope a steer(no heeling) mugg him down and "brand" him with a paint iron. Another team drew a bad steer, he came out with his head up and his tail curled over his back. Just waspy mad before he got roped. One girl roped him and the other girls baled off their horses to get him mugged and tailed down. He seen the girl who was going to mugg him, he ran up the rope and hooked her.
The EMTs took a look at her and that steer had actually hooked her in the baby maker. But she got tough, pounded a couple of Coors Lights and some Advil and finished the rodeo. That was our second event and we had three more to go. Seen her the next morning in the elevator of the hotel and asked how she was doing, she replied that her hubby was "on his own for awhile" tee-he, rightfully so...

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Originally Posted by rookie View Post
For what its worth, I think this is a dangerous topic.
That's right. We can't talk about abuse in any sport because it might offend people who like that sport.
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^^ After these last two stories, I think I'll curl up in a fetal position and suck my thumb...
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
^^ After these last two stories, I think I'll curl up in a fetal position and suck my thumb...
Just to send you into spasmodic shaking BSMS, at a rugby game in NZ a player was tackled and dislocated his leg....the EMT put the leg back in and the player started screeching so loud that everyone started looking at the sideline where he was......one of his testicles had entered the socket hole for his femur (I think that's the name for it - the thigh bone) and when the EMTs put the leg back in it crushed his testicle....apparantly he screamed so loud he broke vocal chords.

Sweet dreams!! Lol!
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