The photo above is of a bucking horse at the Calgary Stampede. Look closely at the horse’s face in the photo below.
Can anyone honestly say they think the horse is enjoying the experience?
Rodeo promoters say that horses in the bareback and saddle-bronc events love to buck, that it’s natural, that the horses are “born to buck.” It’s true that they are bred for a genetic predisposition to buck – an entire industry has been established to churn out horses that buck. Yet it is still necessary to tighten a cinch strap around the horse’s flank area. If this kind of bucking is so natural to horses, why are special breeding programs and cinch straps necessary?
Recently, a bucking horse died at an Alberta rodeo. The rider described the horse as a “mean sucker.” Who made him a mean sucker? Breeders and rodeo riders, that’s who.
And when horses still refuse to buck, watch what happens.
And when bucking horses are not good enough for the rodeo, this is what happens.
Why would real cowboys breed horses that are almost impossible to ride? They wouldn’t be much use on a real ranch would they? They are only useful for “entertainment” in the cruel circus called rodeo.
Photos: Jo-Anne McArthur