There is a wide range of tools used in rodeos, but I’m only going to mention the most controversial. One tool that is highly debated in the rodeo and livestock business is called the cattle prod a.k.a the hot shot. The hot shot is a hand held tool that comes in many sizes like pocket sized ones to 5 foot long. The hot shots are battery powered and are used to move cattle. How it does that is by having a small amount of electricity pass through the tool and onto the animal.
Was there ever a time where you were terribly embarrassed because of a minor event; this was me with rodeo. One day I was roping with my sisters and went to go throw my loop but missed the dummy. When I pulled my slack, I noticed I had somehow turned my loop into a figure 8 and had no idea how I did it or how to fix it. I panicked, and my sister had to help me. All I had to do was turn my loop the other way, but I did not realize this because I was too frustrated to figure this out. Many assume that rodeo is easy and for everyone, but in fact it is not. Rodeo allows me to use skills such as speed, strength, courage, and many more to help me later on in my life because Rodeo teaches me to not run from my fears, but to face them. All sections
Most American horses going to slaughter arrive at the slaughterhouse via livestock auctions where they are purchased by kill buyers working for the slaughter plants. After a horse is bought by a kill buyer, they are shipped to a slaughterhouse in Mexico or Canada. Currently, there are no horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., but the cruel and predatory industry continues to court states. Workers cram as many horses as possible into trucks. According to Valerie Pringle, Equine Protection Specialist for The Humane Society of the United States (n.d) “They mix stallions in with pregnant mares, foals, and older horses, often leading to fights and injuries.”
One rodeo that brings people together is the Lehi Round Up Rodeo. It has been going since 1937. This year will mark 79 years for the Round Up. J.W. Harris says, "It's just down-to-earth rodeo." The Lehi Round Up “Has all of the good aspects of a big rodeo, and all of the good aspects of a smaller rodeo.”
They just pet him/her and tell themselves that the next run will go better. In the roping events, the steers or calves will sometimes will be shocked if they are not standing up right and they can’t get them up or if they don’t leave the chute good, but the hot shot is always the last resort and they never want to use it. In the roughstock events, the animals do not get shocked in the chute at all. Source D, “What is rodeo?” says, “Depending on the event, other equipment is designed strictly for the protection of an animal; i.e., skid boots for the back legs of calf roping horses that come to a fast and sliding stop; bell boots on the front leg ankles of barrel horses if the animals over reach with their back legs; a neck rope on a calf roping horse that
Racing is very physically demanding for the horse, and yearlings are still not fully developed. Extensive physical work at such a young age often leads to joint problems as an older horse, and even extreme physical damage as a young horse. Hundreds of horses die every year from racing-related injuries alone. 4 year-old filly Premedya died last year at the Preakness Stake from a fatal fracture to her leg. Another famous racehorse, Homeboykris, died from a heart attack on the same day.
This problem can be seen across the agriculture industry, not just in the equine portion. Millions of animals are in unfit homes with unfit owners that don’t care about the wellbeing of their animals. Sadly, there is no one solution to such an extensive problem, however there are steps that can be taken to reduce this occurrence. Being educated and aware that animal abuse is happening and being able to recognize the signs of it is the first step. Another way to break down this problem is making sure the person who is buying an animal is knowledgeable and prepared to care for that animal.
There are many different opinions on this topic such as, “This event is not hurting the horse at all, their movement is normal.” while others state, “This movement is not normal for horses, they are strained to be in this position while in shows.” While hearing both sides, let’s take a closer look at
The flank straps are lines with fleece and are not so tight that it causes pain. If the flank straps where to tight the animal would refuse to move much less want to buck. The spurs that the bronc riders use are dull but blunt. They have free rolling rowles, so that way the leg movement doesn’t harm the horses. One of the most important tools used in rodeo is the cattle prod.
I know that there are many people who raise and love horses. There is always a need for people who are good with horses and know how to handle them. Many ranches are run only with horses. These big ranches need people who can keep the animals on the ranch healthy as well as help with the delivery of colts. Some of these ranches make their money by birthing and raising and selling horses.
Just last year, over 135,000 horses were slaughtered with their meat being shipped to foreign seas (Finch). Horse meat has grown to be in very high demand in foreign countries which results in many slaughterhouses to be popping all over the world. Sadly in the United States, Canada, and Mexico is the main places in the world where these beautiful companion creatures are gathered, slaughtered, butchered and shipped off to foreign countries (Fact Sheet). There is much controversy on whether the slaughtering of horses should be allowed or not because the entire process that they go through is so bad and petrifying to the point where being dead is the best option that they can possibly have (Horse Slaughter-Wikipedia). Even though horse meat is in high demand for human consumption, it is inhuman because slaughterhouses use
They are useless to their owners and sent away. Most of the injuries horses receive are from the whippings and being forced to run at outrageous speeds, which can result in multiple wounds. Although it is exciting to watch and bet on horse racing, horse racing is not a sport but rather abuse, because of the severe injuries horses sustain, the dangerous steroids used to increase their speed, and the fate before
Equestrian sports have been entertaining humans for centuries. Many of these sports have turned fun entertainment into a business. The focus has changed from having fun to making as much money as possible. In every equestrian sport, questionable things are done to train and get horses to their “best” potential. Equestrian sports should have stricter regulations and enforcement in order to ensure and maintain the safety of the horse.
Barrel racing ranks up there as one of the most dangerous sports. Riders For Helmets shares “ that each year in the United States on estimated seven million people ride horses.” There is lots of major risks with this. The rate of serious injury per hour is estimated to be the same as that of motorcyclists. “ In 2007 seventy eight thousand two hundred seventy nine people visited the emergency room due to horse related injuries.
They were built in the United States and Canada during the 1960’s and 1970’s. When these facilities were built, there was little understanding of animal behaviors and a lack of compassion for their suffering. Over the years, inventors and animal activists such as Temple Grandin have spoken up for these animals and explained why how they are treated is so important. She considered one of the world’s few designers for livestock handling equipment and facilities (Animal Handling Inventions,