Some charges of cruelty are based on misunderstanding. It is a myth that a modern animal is a wild, terrified animal. He is not a truly wild horse. A significant number of horses are taught to learn to get rid of their riders. Other horses are bred specifically for rodeo use.
A horse of proven strength can sell for $ 8,000 to $ 10,000 or more. Making “xucro” a worthwhile investment worth caring for and maintaining in good health for many years to come. Likewise, bulls are also selectively bred. Most are allowed to grow in a natural, semi-wild condition in the open. But it also needs to be trained to be driven from the ground, safely loaded on trailers, vaccinated and dewormed.
Young horses are initially introduced to work with cloth mannequins attached to the saddle. Others are already well trained on the ground.
Some champion horses started out as pampered horses that learned to dismount riders quickly and effectively. Due to the rigors of travel and the high-intensity work required. Most horses are at least 6 or 7 years old before being used extensively, and are expected to be good for many years. Prizes are awarded to owners of the best horses who are respected as equine athletes and have been active for many years. Many are retired to graze at the end of their careers. Many horses understand their work well and reduce or stop resistance as soon as they drop the rider or hear the bell. Likewise, some bulls seem to understand that their “job” is to shoot the rider. They learned not to turn around when they are on the brete and move much less when the pawn is played.
Modern rodeos in the United States are strictly regulated. They responded to animal cruelty charges by instituting a series of rules to guide how rodeo animals should be handled.
In 1994, a survey of 28 sanctioned rodeos was carried out by independent veterinarians on the spot. Reviewing 33,991 animal runs, the injury rate was documented in 16 animals or 0.047 percent. So less than five hundredths of a percent or one in 2000 animals. A study of rodeo animals in Australia found a similar injury rate. Basic injuries occurred at a rate of 0.072 percent, or one in 1405. But with injuries that require 0.036 percent veterinary attention, or one injury every 2810 times the animal was used. Even with Transport, handling and competition all included in the study. A subsequent PRCA survey of 60,971 animal presentations in 198 rodeo presentations and 73 “slack” sections indicated 27 injured animals, again about five hundredths of 1% – 0.0004.
Accusations of cruelty in the US persist. The PRCA recognizes that it only sanctions about 30% of all rodeos, while another 50% is sanctioned by other organizations and 20% is completely unsanctioned. It opposes the general concept of animal rights, but it supports animal welfare. Taking the position that the organization does this and even goes beyond expectations. However, not all rodeos are governed by the PRCA, although the organizations that govern collegiate and secondary rodeos base their rules on those of the PRCA. However, certain amateur and “backyard” rodeos are not regulated and do not follow PRCA rules.
Rodeo lawyers declare that sick, injured, hungry or mistreated animals cannot perform well in a given event. The horse must be healthy and well fed to give the cowboy a mount that is powerful and challenging enough to score high. Steers and snare calves do not fire fast enough to reach a fast time if they are weak, and are generally not used for more than a single season.
Health regulations require vaccinations and blood tests of animals that cross state boundaries, so that the rodeo stock receives routine care. A wounded animal does not recover well and therefore a cowboy cannot get a high score for his mount, so sick or injured animals receive adequate veterinary care so that they can return to their normal level of strength and power. PRCA regulations require veterinarians to be available at all rodeos to treat animals as needed.
The PRCA emphasizes that they enacted rules for the proper and humane treatment of cattle in 1947, seven years before the founding of the Humane Society of the United States. Participants are fined for animal abuse, and a study of 21 PRCA rodeos found only 15 injured animals in 26,584 presentations, a rate of 0.06%.
There are occasions for violations of rules and mistreatment of animals in sanctioned rodeos. The main national rodeos are also under the most intense scrutiny and are more likely to strictly follow the rules. Rodeos not subject to the rules of PRCA or other organizations, and rodeos outside the United States and Canada, where animal cruelty laws are weaker, are more likely to be sites of abusive practices. Animal rights groups are less likely to target these cases.
The biggest state-of-the-art rodeos are professional professional and sporting competitions held in climate-controlled stadiums, broadcast by The Cowboy Channel and other television networks.
Outside the world of rodeo, there are disagreements about exactly what rodeo is. Professional competitors, for example, see rodeo as a sport and call themselves professional athletes while also using the title of cowboy. Fans see the rodeo as a spectator sport with animals, with aspects of spectacles different from other professional sports. Non-Westerners see the spectacle as a picturesque but exciting remnant of the old west, while animal activists see the rodeo as a cruel Roman circus spectacle or an Americanized bullfight.
Anthropologists studying the sport of rodeo and the culture that surrounds it commented that it is “a mixture of performance and competition”, and that rodeo is much more expressive in mixing these two aspects than trying to do one or the other alone. The rodeo’s performance level allows for displays and rituals that serve to “revitalize the spirit of the Wild West”, while the competition level features a man-animal opposition that articulates the transformation of nature and “dramatizes and perpetuates the conflict between savages and meek “. “At its deepest level, rodeo is essentially a ritual that addresses the dilemma of man’s place in nature.”
Rodeo is a popular theme in country music, like Garth Brooks’ 1991 hit “Rodeo” and has also been featured in several films, television shows and literature. Rodeo is a ballet score written by Aaron Copland in 1942, and the ballet by choreographer Agnes de Mille, Rodeo was commissioned by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1942 with the score by Copeland. Country singer Chris Ledoux competed on the bareback and wrote many of his songs based on his experiences. The rodeo has also been featured in a significant number of films, and some focus specifically on the sport, including 8 segundos, Cowboy Up, The Longest Ride, and The Cowboy Way.