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post #41 of 120 Old 06-02-2013, 08:23 PM
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That is awesome!! Sucks for him, but that is a one in a million thing right there!

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OK. Now I'm going to my happy place and...uh-oh. At 55, I've forgotten where my happy place is! But I know it doesn't involve rugby, bull riding and testicles being crushed, ripped, or removed!

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Oh lordy, this pizza I'm eating is suddenly not very appetizing anymore.
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All I can say to some of these stories is just... Wow!!!!! I almost completely lost my appetite...
And I'd also like to thank everyone for not arguing/disagreeing :)

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post #45 of 120 Old 06-02-2013, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Honeysuga View Post
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.
Did not state it was common. Stated it was the worst i had seen. It is illegal here.
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post #46 of 120 Old 06-02-2013, 09:58 PM
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The worst 'rodeo' events I've seen weren't actually at the rodeo...they were with some cowboys who were practicing for a rodeo. They had a couple of jersey and other scrawny calves that looked pneumonia stricken and very lethargic, probably 2-3 months old and definitely bottle babies, running them through the chutes 7-8 times each to be roped and tossed before they'd collapse and just refuse to move again. They were using an electric cattle prod to get them up, into the chute, and zapping them and LEAVING IT ON THEIR RUMPS for 4-5 seconds before opening the gate to "scare them good" and get the poor exhausted critters to run again. Horse was being run hard too, and was breathing like he'd been running a marathon at breakneck speed. I had originally volunteered to come out to help them and be their gate girl, but as soon as they started zapping those babies and dragging them back into the chute I left without a word. I don't think I've ever been so disgusted in my life. Don't know how long those babies lived, but I doubt long.

Actual rodeo events at the ground though? Minus freak accidents I've never seen actual abuse of the animals. Most of them have a decent life, honestly.
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post #47 of 120 Old 06-02-2013, 11:43 PM
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I've never actually seen anything bad happen to the animals at all the rodeos I've been to.

The worst I've seen is when my family decided to all get beat up one night in my uncles rodeo he put on. First during the saddle bronc riding after the rider had already came off, my uncle was one of the pick up men trying to catch the horse. Well when the bronc ran past him the stirrup on its saddle caught his spur and just twisted his leg. It ended up broke in 3 places and needed pins and a metal rod put in it. My mom had the bright idea she wanted to ride a bull just once, she's rode horses her whole life. My uncle owned the bull she was to ride, he never had turned back on a rider and didn't buck hard. He turned back that night, he was bucking over top of her. My other uncle who was bull fighting ( if you don't know they protect the riders) that night got in the middle of it trying to help. She ended up with a busted finger, completely split apart from being stepped on. And he had some badly bruised ribs possibly a few broken. All happened in the same night, we all got to spend the night at the hospital.
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post #48 of 120 Old 06-03-2013, 12:15 AM
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When I was like 8 I went to a rodeo and I can't remember how, but a horse was running around the arena and he tripped or got caught on something and flipped forward and broke his back or neck or something and was making an awful noise and the vet ran out and uthenized him right there loaded his lifeless body on a truck and then left. It scarred me for a long time and I didn't attend rodeos for years...Now that I look back on it, I'm just glad the guy on the horse wasnt crushed or hurt because he bailed off the saddle just in time. Like I said, I was young and don't remember all the details, but it was awful and I clearly remember that poor horse. I love rodeos, and in any horse event, there are freak accidents that happen, look at Hickstead (that was really sad too :( ) I just hope I never see something like that again.

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I have only been to one rodeo. Never went back.
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post #50 of 120 Old 06-03-2013, 01:33 AM
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CowChick- There isn't anything anyone is going to tell me that will make me go back to another rodeo. Sure there are rodeos that don't do that sort of thing, or maybe they are just better at hiding the injured animals in the back. I took pictures of the calves at the last one for proof of how disregardful they were to the animals. This was a rodeo done by a university- I won't name it, but still rather disgusting. The other rodeos around here are small things, and as such are not well regulated.

I consider branding to be abusive as well. Sure everyone considers it a necessary evil, but I would love to see anyone who does it accidentally brand themselves and see how long it takes before they are asking for pain pills! To inflict pain on any animal (or person) is abuse, especially when you could have vet numb the area, if you absolutely have to brand (or give pain meds). The same as castrating without using pain meds... Even rapists and murderers get better treatment than animals.

People always find a justification for what they do... It is okay because they are livestock. It is okay to abuse others to make a profit. It is okay because they are less intelligent. Just as it was okay for the way Plantation owners used to beat and brand their slaves.

I get tired of cleaning up the mess, when those abused horses need a home after being bronco bucked, and no one wants them... There isn't any demand for a bronco (unless it is a lucky one at the national level) so when they are no longer wanted they are trashed.

There are a lot of things I don't agree with in the horse industry, but one of my biggest dislikes is the old cowboy "breaker" mentality. Rodeos just seem to draw out that type. Maybe it is just around here, but the good cowboys who actually care about their animals (and treat their horses and women decently) are a rare find.
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