Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Arkansas & Texas
My 2 grandfathers, father, uncle, 2 cousins and my own brother are all cowboys. None of them have ever hit a woman. They would shoot themselves in the foot before they ever abused an animal or their wife & kids. They were taught respect and honesty.
On the other hand, I know a 76 year old "man" who worked for an insurance company all of his career and he beats his wife almost daily.
Anyway...My grandfather and dad held rodeos all the time on our property and they never treated livestock poorly. I can't remember any accidents happening, either. The only potentially dangerous thing that happened was a very sneaky, very clever horse who would untie himself from the trailer. He would also go around untying other horses around him. It was funny, but very dangerous. Luckily, no one got hurt.
There was a man who came to the rodeos my family hosted and he had a horse that he could enter in the saddle bronc competition, then let his wife run him in the barrel race the same night. He was a great, well-mannered horse for as long as we knew him.
I think the last time I saw someone get hurt wasn't at a rodeo, but it was at a playday. Some woman had a 7 year old girl on a finished barrel horse and she was strapped in with velcro. The horse stumbled and went down. He got up, then continued to run the pattern. Even though the little girl was strapped in, her upper body was flopping around everywhere. Since she had no control of the horse, he just kept on running and wouldn't stop even when he got to the gates. 3 men stopped the horse and got the little girl off of him. She broke her pinkie finger in the process, though I'm not sure how. Her parents are just lucky that the injuries weren't worse.
Nothing of worth comes with ease. <3