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Barrel Racing - III by froggynaan Barrel Racing - III by froggynaan
More Barrel Racing action. Another illegally taken photo. This is not cruelty to animals. Please argue with me.
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Exquisites Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Awesome shot! (:
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barrelracingstar121 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
How could this photo be apart of cruelty? i dont get it?
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know. A lot of hysteria and paranoia about how the animals are kept and their living conditions.
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barrelracingstar121 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
well i guess it depends on what rodeo you are at. some can be horrendous and disgusting and some animals could be living better then you and I. it all depends
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Rajial Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Gorgeous, powerful horse! I love barrel racing. :love: I don't think the sport is cruel at all; there are only cruel owners who don't provide the proper nutrition and care for their horses. I've seen some that are extremely healthy and some that appeared too skinny to even trot. People can also abuse spurs and whips, but these aids are fine when used correctly and humanely. Lovely capture!
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the comment. Looks like you love horses.
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Rajial Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
Haha, you're welcome, and I certainly do. They pretty much run my life... :XD:
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sheeparefluffy Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
i support you on the whole this is not cruel idea!
my horse loves to barrel race and he gets so excited when i pull out my saddle.
i love rodeos, and people that know nothing about horses and rodeo but complain that it's cruel, severly piss me off! In all my years of riding horses and going to shows and rodeos, i have only seen ONE case of animal cruelty and it was by a person that knew nothing about horses. Ironically she was there to campaign against animal cruelty...
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sircallahad Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008   Photographer
People that say barrel racing is cruel make me angry. There are some cruel barrel racing riders I've seen, but that does *not* make the sport cruel.
I don't think whips are cruel either, only if abused. Same thing with bits an anything else...jeesh.

Bah! haha, Sorry for my rant!
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BridlesandBoots Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008   Photographer
Lovely photo, love the capture you have gotten.
-Barrel racing, I dont think is cruel. I own a Barrel horse, did training on him...will one day compete him. When I worked him, he always had his head up, ears forward and bright eyes, he would even take off after the barrels to do it again without me asking. MY trainer had a horse that started to buck and even rear if you held him back or kept him from running around the barrels, honestly that horse loves barrels. Horses are very strong, agile, limber, and swift animals. It is in ALL horses to run at unbeleivable speeds, to stop on a dime, to turn 180 to 270 degree turns...they do it in the wild/nature. What some of these rodeo events and/or competitions do is compete horses who have had these abilities workd and perfected. I will be the first to say 'some rodeos have cruelty in them, some 'everythings' have cruelty in them and I am strongly against animal cruelty, but, There are rules. These high dollar rodeos and events that are associated with things like AQHA, APHA, ABHA, TWHA, and so on will bust your butt if cruelty or anything illegal is found or seen being done. Same with the animals rights. Bull riding, you are fined tons of money if the bull is harmed in anyway, and if a bull is sick, injured, or incapable of rodeo uses, they are not used. They are kept healthy. Bronco's are wild horses, its in the nature to go nuts when something is on their back...bucking in intensified when a padded underbelly rope is around the flank area=an area where influencing or coaxing a horse is used, not much difference, and when the person falls off riders race to get that rope off!
Now, I am against, 100% against Wild horse racing /fighting. That is the stupidest thing any one on this earth could do, I'm the kinda person that if you want something to fight to the death like they make horses do, well, why dont we just take the people who do it, put them in a pin, and make them do it...they wanted to see, well now they can, first hand. Animal cruelty is in no way acceptable or right, but there are some things like particular kinds or rodeos where animal safety and health is at utmost importance. But no matter what, and a lot of people forget this, no matter how strict the rules are, you can not always stop the bad people. Just like in sports for people, there is wrongness and cruelty and 'not fairs' in everything. Even after years of fighting cruelty, its sadly still here and I fell is inevitable because there are still bad people, and we cant change that.
PLease nobody think any less of me, everyone has there opinion and this one is mine.
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I've never heard of wild horse fighting. That sounds like it appeals to the same type of people who like dog fighting and cock fighting. What will they think of next?

Thanks for your input :)
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BridlesandBoots Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008   Photographer
..yeah sorry I typed so much...once I started I kinda got on a rampage :lol: sorry.

But yeah, there is such thing and it does appeal to the same kinda people...stupid ones...If anything worse is thought of, I dont know what this world will do.
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syvallinen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
I never believed barrel racing to be cruelty to animals. Other facets of rodeos, like bronco riding and roping, are cruel because of the methods of torture they use on the animals to get them to buck around. Don't believe me? Look up "rodeo cruelty" on youtube. Anyways, the horse in this picture looks totally fine. It's when they overwork the horses that it becomes cruel.
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paintgirl68 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Hobbyist
I love the look on this horses face, this was taken at the perfect moment. added to favs.
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :) yeah the expression of the horse is very intense
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paintgirl68 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist
I hope you dont mind, but I used this photo as a reference for a drawing i did, I made sure to mention your name, and included a link to this picture in the description.
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I'd love to have a look at your drawing
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paintgirl68 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist
Here is a link to the picture, hopefully it works

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TrinityChi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
I am curious, why do you think this is not cruelty?
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you ask. I think horses like to run. People riding horses is not cruel. Of all the rodeo events, I think this is the least cruel.

I think most people are concerned with the cruelty of cattle related events. For example, the way cowboys move cattle: with cattle prods. At this very rodeo there was an animal rights protest at the entrance on the opening night (not the day I went). One woman was offering to shock the entrants for $100. One cowboy offered himself and she shocked him 3 times in the neck (I did not actually see it happen). She was unwilling to pay the unharmed man, but eventually acquiesced, as I heard. The point here being that cattle being zapped in the rear may be slightly painful for them but will motivate them to move when other methods don't work.

Calf roping appears cruel. They lasso the calf and tie its legs with a half-hitch. I believe people underestimate the toughness of calves. All the PETA articles I've read didn't cite any incidences of calves being harmed by roping. When you think about the purpose of calf roping, before it became a rodeo sport, was to retrieve a calf and not to kill it. It wouldn't be in the cowboy's best interest to hurt the calf.

My opinion would be swayed against rodeos if I were to see some evidence of the harm done to animals. Like pictures. You know me and pictures. I like pictures.
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TrinityChi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
at the 4-H level rodeos are healthy sports... and back in the old days of the wild west, cowboys and roping were no where near as severe and cruel as the "sport" is today. The truth of the matter is some of the things that happen at the big shows like the one in Cheyenne, would horrify any human with the capability to love something or someone.... and honestly, I am not exaggerating. My entire life has been dedicated to horses. In my younger years I was competing in Olympic trials. As an adult I have spent 10+ years training professionally. I also organize a local community of riders and I volunteer my knowledge at allexperts.com So.... I had gathered info for you and I have decided to hold off on sending it to you as it is a huge folder that most likely would overwhelm you. Not so much that it was a folder of shock and gore...quite the opposite, lots and lots of data comparing the old days and the essential role of cowboys versus todays "american" bloodsport. I had also pulled together information for healthy alternatives that 4H riders and other countries apply. But like I said, it's quite overwhelming. I promise if you spend 10 minutes researching it yourself online you'll see every take on the sport for better or for worse. However, if you would like the stuff I gathered for you, then just let me know... Im happy to send it your way :XD:
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd like to see what you've gathered. I didn't realize there was a big difference between different types of rodeos in terms of cruelty.
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WildernessNaturalist Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007   Photographer
the expression on the horse's face in incredible with flared nostrils and wide eyes. Pure determination
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, those horses are so powerful.
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LubyCirilo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007   Photographer
This is a great shot! I love rodeos! I know a thing or two about horses, and this one does not look in any way as if it is being mistreated. It looks really healthy and really in the zone!
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froggynaan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I think this horse is very healthy too. It's amazing how fast they can be.
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LubyCirilo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007   Photographer
Yeah, and they don't seem to be phased by cutting those sharp corners around the barrels. I tried barrel racing a couple of times, but my horse was lazy and didn't want to do it lol.
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