Lawmakers debating ban on some rodeo events

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Two rodeo events some consider cruel to animals are up for debate in the Colorado Legislature.

A House committee planned to start work today on a bill outlawing steer-tailing and horse-tripping. Both events are sometimes performed in Mexican-style rodeos called charreadas. Several states have outlawed the events.

Horse-tripping is when running horses are lassoed by the legs. It can cause fatal leg-breaks in horses. Steer-tailing is an event in which cowboys ride alongside steers and attempt to grab their tails, sometimes ripping the animal’s skin.

Several states have banned horse-tripping, which isn’t sanctioned by most rodeos. Nebraska also bans steer-tailing. Colorado’s version would classify both activities as felony cruelty to animals.

2 Responses to Lawmakers debating ban on some rodeo events

  1. Are these two events sanctioned by the PRCA?

    Justin Burns
    January 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

  2. I agree with the proposed ban.

    I also would support banning the Wild Horse Race and Chuckwagon Racing (which I have seen at Cheyenne Frontier Days – not sure if done in Colorado).

    All Rodeo events have risk for both the animals and human participants – but the humans have a choice.
    I have seen a bucking horse break its back, and a heeling horse snap a hind leg – very infrequent occurrences. I have seen calves necks broken (uncommon bu not rare). But injuries to both humans and animals in the Wild Horse Rance and Chuckwagon Rance events are far more likely and severe.

    Horse tripping is very risky and cruel, as is steer tailing. I have seen some Charro rodeos but never seen these two events live. (By the way, the photo appears to be from calf-roping.)

    Judy von Ahlefeldt
    January 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm