In an attempt to redeem myself, yes this is one of my images. One of my favorite bull shots.
to use copy the thumb text at the bottom right corner and paste it wherever....this only works if you're a subscriber apparently
My policy on my rodeo images can be found here [link] If you don't like rodeo, you are free not to look! Rude and/or inappropriate comments will not be tolerated.
A lot of people don't understand anything and by seeing false informations about rodeo, thinks that it's animal cruelty... What a pity -__-
Don't forget that they also shock them, poke them in the butt hole with a sharp wire, and the show keeps on going even though the horse has a shattered leg. For stallions or bulls, they sometimes get shocked in the testicles. There's also foal races too and that puts the foals at risk if they injure themselves. Calves get injured too when they are flipped over on their back with great force by the rope around them. These are foals and calves! Baby animals that can easily have shattered bones from these acts!
It's sad that people don't understand what harm they go through...
(I know this is an old comment but why not if it's about agreeing?^^)
Secondly, the flank strap is not to cause pain. Putting a strap around an animals flank and tightening it until it causes pain is actually an old process used to restrain animals called "girding". The pain causes the animal not to move, so wouldn't be helpful for anyone in rodeo to cause the animal pain.
I've seen broncs wearing a bucking strap come out of the chute and not buck (plenty of times), I've also seen broncs WITHOUT a bucking strap buck like mad ( like this [link] and also like this [link] )
If you have any other questions feel free to ask
My answers: I've been to HUNDREDS of rodeos and witnessed this HUNDREDS on HUNDREDS of times. I'm well aware of equine body language and the message broncs send me loud and clear is that they're unfazed by the whole ordeal. If anything it's a minor inconvenience to them that temporarily comes in-between them and a pile of hay.
Your argument is assuming that horses can't be trained, that jumpers jump out of fear, or racehorses run out fear, or reiners spin out of fear. The fact that horses are doing something high action does not mean that fear is causing it. Broncs are bred and trained to buck like any other equine athlete. Horses are trained using cues, the bucking strap is a cue for them to kick out and nothing more.