(don't get me wrong,
I'm all for animals being taken care of properly and not abused
but PETA, HSUS et al can go jump off a bridge for all I care)Truth is most of them don't have a clue what's really going on or how the animals are cared for. They just see an instant and cast judgement without really knowing what's happening.
This post has been rolling around in my head the last couple days. It's summer, rodeo season, and there's a surge in the "rodeo is evil" protests. A fellow blogger & Facebook friend just had an 'interesting' experience at a weekend rodeo and then there's all the buzz about the Calgary Stampede's 100th anniversary.
This year it seems the 'big target' is calf roping... or tie down roping as it's now called *eyeroll* and of course, as usual, the chuckwagons.
Yes I agree, the chucks can be dangerous. And I have no doubt that not all the horses are cared for properly. BUT in what equestrian sport are they ALL taken care of properly?! Pleasure horses denied food & water with their heads tied, soring in TWH shows, rolkur, etc. You can't name one, every discipline has someone that is less than kind. (doesn't make it right!)
What I wonder is how many people realize that those horses are doing what they love? Running and competing. And WELL after traditional TB "retirement age".
It would be nice if all ottbs could be 'retired' to a new life as a hunter, jumper, dressage horse, barrel racer, trail horse or pasture ornament. But lets face it, that's not the case. A LOT of them end up headed for a dinner plate. Meanwhile those lucky enough to head to a chuckwagon driver are being taken care of as a competition horse, getting to run into their late teens (or longer)
Like I said, I know not all the drivers are perfectly ethical, but most of them are. This is their livelihood after all, it's in their best interest to take care of those horses. So maybe, just maybe, cut them some slack.
I'll step off my soapbox now.