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post #51 of 120 Old 06-03-2013, 02:06 AM
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It is very important to know the difference between things like ranch rodeos, PRCA rodeos, mexican rodeos, etc.

PRCA and Ranch rodeos and the like are a joy to watch, the animals are treated well, and are just a ton of fun.

But don't let me talk about mexican rodeos.
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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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At the bull riding finals in Vegas a drunk behind me spilled a beer down my neck.
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That sucks!!^^ hehe
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post #54 of 120 Old 06-03-2013, 03:14 AM
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Sounds more like a pulled muscle or tendon.(the floppy necked steer) cows are hardy animals, it takes more than a fat cowboy or a rope jerk to hurt them. But accidents do happen and usually the animals are vetted if warranted or euthanized in a humane way.

And just saying. I know quite a few stock contractors. Tons of bucking horses end their bucking careers quick because they justvdont buck anymore. Most become trail horses or pasture pets... Just saying. Very few end up broken down and abused. Just a little education. Most bucking horses arent scared little ponehs being beat up in an arena. Most are chosen for their athleticism and physical stature and worked and trained to buck well. This ensures a good ride for the cowboys, a long career which means a lot of money for the contractor, and a good show for viewers. Bulls and steers are the same. Why do you think most steers run in a straight line? A lot of work and money goes into rodeo stock. It would make no sense to hurt or neglect them.
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post #55 of 120 Old 06-03-2013, 04:38 AM
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Bucking horses work on average only five minutes a year.

That's another thought.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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physiologically impossible! If the steer truly had its neck snapped, he would have ,at the very least, been paralyzed below the break, if not outright killed and unable to run anywhere.... head flopping or not.
I'm late, but just on this topic - What causes the paralysis is damage to the spinal cord. How do I know this? Because my cousin recently broke one and fractured 5 of the bones in his neck. And he didn't even know until his neck hurt the next day. He was lucky that the spinal cord wasn't injured. So no, it's not impossible, but it is a darn miracle. My entire family were dreading the fact that he could be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but 4 months on and he's not even in a neck brace, though he has to be veeeeery careful about doing anything for the next 6 months or so.

As for the argument of it being unlikely that the man could have broken the steers neck... The aforementioned cousin broke his by diving into a swag (erm, Aussie camp bed is the other term, I guess!), and his head snapped backwards. It doesn't take much.
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While I suppose a steer could be injured and even seriously, it is more likely that it was a soft tissue injury.

Here's a fairly good drawing of the cervical spine of a cow. But, it doesn't show the extensive ligamentous support in the area. While I'm not a competitive roper, there is a reason that stockmen/ranchers rope that area. The cervical spine of a bovine is better protected than that of us very fragile humans.

Cows Anatomy Diagram - Cow's Anatomy Diagrams
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I have a question.. Arent GOOD bucking horses.. very expensive>> therefore would be taken care of VERYWELL?? I know a friend of my dads.. had a friend lol.. that would use his own roping geldings as bucking horses.. and then go out and ride them?? HAVE NOT A CLUE how?? but yeah? I think the worst IVE seen is when a bull rider got hurt... but the worst I can think of... HORSE TRIPPING.. no doubt..

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A break to the neck won't always kill an animal. There's a horse in the UK with a neck so broken it protrudes at a severe angle and she can't lift her head, but she's alive. I've also seen a picture of a giraffe with a similar break. His neck was twisted out to the side, obviously broken and distorted, but he was alive.

I don't need to go to a rodeo to see bad horsemanship, I just wait for the local fair. I swear... I used to enjoy it when I was a kid. Then I showed there once and it really opened my eyes. I could tell you many, many stories.

I've been to a couple big name rodeos and I don't remember anything bad happening. Livestock is expensive, especially the good ones. You don't want it ruined in one event so they try to keep them happy and healthy. I've done pick ups for some lower grade rodeos and never saw anything bad. I'm guessing the ones without much regulations who host unskilled parties get the most injuries.
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