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.