Gorgeous, powerful horse! I love barrel racing. 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!
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...
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.
BridlesandBootsFeatured By OwnerFeb 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.
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.
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.
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