Reno Rodeo: Horse not abused, but standards not met

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(These people have the public relation skills that qualify them to work for the government. Lying to the public in the face of overwhelming evidence, they completely deny any use of shockers. Watch the video, if you can. Then you can picture them saying, “Horsemeat is perfectly safe,” or “We need to remove the wild horses to protect them.”  They dress themselves up as “real cowboys” and smirk at anyone who dares question them. Is this what the American cowboy has become? Is this what we teach our children, that the dollar means more than honesty and respect? That animals are nothing more than a way to put dollars in the pocket? – Jerry)

July 5, 2013, RGJ.com. David Jacobs

bildeThe Reno Rodeo said Wednesday night that its investigation of alleged horse abuse found that “actions depicted” in photos “do not meet our high standards for livestock handling” and the livestock handling company won’t be invited back.

“We are pleased to report that the horse in the photos was not injured and went on to be successfully loaded in the bucking chute and competed normally,” the rodeo said in a statement. “We do not believe the accounts reported are accurate; however, the photo does not seem to depict the higher level of handling we expect at our event.”

Reno Rodeo officials had launched an investigation Monday into a video and photos of a horse allegedly shocked at the 2013 Reno Rodeo on June 28.

Ellie Lopez-Bowlan of Reno said she that she and her husband saw a man try to put a “large wire hanger copper collar” into the horse’s anus. She attempted to take a photo with her phone and accidentally captured a one-second video that shows rodeo personnel using a device to move the horse, which violently bucks its back legs in a loading chute. The rodeo received the photos late Sunday night. CONTINUED…

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
21 Comments
  • Daryl

    In my eyes mind, yes it does look like they are putting some thing up the horses butt hole.
    Even when caught red handed they still lie I did not do it , right ! Lies and more lies are told all the time about animals.

    July 5, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    Question for ya. I keep hearing that the broncs “LOVE” their jobs. They are BRED to buck. Why in the name of all thatis decent do those men have to snare thatanimal in a chute so small it cannot move, lift its tail and shove a copper collar into its anus and then deliver a shock enough to cause it to convulse (told to be bucking so hard its back legs slammed into teh back fence). This is cruel. There is NOTHING redeeming onb rodeos except for the yahoos who get their jollies. Rodeos have got to go.

    And I suspect these horses they are treating this way are wild horses that have been bought from BLM for $10.00 a piece and they are sold before processing and therefore. no brand.

    And what is feel good that the animal “recuperated” enough to compete? Who is competing? The animal? What is the prize? You rodeo people, all of you, you are lower than a snake’s belly. And you call this family entertainment?

    Rodeos have got to go.

    July 5, 2013
    • Arlene

      Dear Jan, I fully agree with everything you said !!!!! One more thing !!!!!!!Nothing excites and thrills me more like seeing a Mustang in his natural surroundings , doing what is natural !!!!!!

      July 5, 2013
  • Arlene

    Denial Running ramped at these horrible events !!!!!!! How can they deny , we saw it !!! my eyes do not lie they are incapable !!!!!!! Show some respect BAN THEM !!!!!!!! And incarcerate the Fiend that thought he could get away with this atrocity !!!!!!!

    July 5, 2013
  • shirley mix

    It’s cruel That is it. I do not go to Rodeos because I cannot stand the treatment of the animals, and yes I have 3 horses and a donkey. Plus six dogs.

    July 5, 2013
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    THEY ARE FOOLING NO ONE!!! They are a very cruel bunch, little men trying to be BIG COWBOYS!! It’s not just horses it’s calfs and cows too! Keep the video handy then you will have something to show when they tell their lie! Oh I surpose the men all around the chute is petting the horse, look close you’ll see!!! Good Luck to all that is trying to stop the Rodeo, It’s not just this Rodeo it’s all of them, they are all alike!!!

    July 5, 2013
  • Geri

    And then last night my husband – of all people – found this on MSN and I have to say he was absolutly livid by this, I could not repeat his words, havn’t seen him that upset in a long while. http://www.tmz.com/2013/07/01/cowtown-rodeo-horse-dies-duke-grant-harris/

    July 5, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    I don’t have anything to add to what Daryl, Jan, and Arlene wrote so convincingly.

    Except, perhaps, this: I was thinking this morning when I saw a neighbor for the third time with her dog off leash (and this time she didn’t even apologize or make excuses): Why is it that “good” people excuse their violations of the Golden Rule, yet rail against the obviously “bad” people who get away with much worse “crimes”? (There is a leash law in my city, making scofflaws — in a sense, criminals — of those who choose to ignore it.)

    Put another way, if we wish to change today’s climate of rampant lies, deceit, abuse of just laws and abuse of animals, wouldn’t it be a good idea to examine our own lives and find ways to improve ourselves — and quit justifying our misdemeanors, our less-than-loving thoughts, words, and actions?

    That’s my pro-“neigh”bor, anti-rodeo-mentality project for today.

    July 5, 2013
  • Geri

    The video last night also showed the horse being tasered before it came out of the shoot that was a SHARKS video this one has already been altered – it looks like. They even had the device outlined.

    July 5, 2013
  • Laurel

    Not abused? I am betting the farm, that if the same action was performed on said Reno Rodeo officials, they would deem it *abuse*.

    July 5, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Yeah, those guys have the LITTLE MAN syndrome, must make them feel SO BIG being hateful to animals??? IF all was or is on the up and up why then is this rodeo not invited the contractor back??? I mean that’s a double edge sword isn’t it?? AND the thing is they all get away with it, keep right on doing it, the law officers can’t be bothered, WOW we are indeed going down fast in this country…??

    July 5, 2013
  • Amy Miller

    Horses naturally want to be gentle. I could see plainly that they had some kind of devise and the rubber gloves on their hands is also suspicious. What about the poor calves or the one they had to drive off because that poor thing had his head twisted in a way that looked like he could have had his neck broken. Come on, people, I am so tired of this kind of abuse.

    July 7, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    I don’t know if anyone is familiar with the wild horse issues, but I just read an editorial by Steve Long of Horseback Magazine. It turns out that Laura Leigh was a special guest of the Reno Rodeo and she took the best photographs of the year (action packed no doubt), but somehow failed to get this photo of the horse being given an electric shock to its innards. Laura Leigh collects donations for maintaining lawsuits (written by her attorney, Gordon Cowan, President of Reno Rodeo) against BLM for inhumane treatment of the mustangs.

    I’d say there is a slight problem here folks. Either you are against abuse of horses or you are not. You cannot have i tboth ways.

    http://issuu.com/shweikimedia/docs/horseback_july_2013?e=3045434/3836637

    July 8, 2013
    • JanSchultz

      Go to page 6. Shameful…

      July 8, 2013
      • BlessUsAll

        My two cents: Horseback magazine is vilifying and glorifying the wrong characters.

        SHARK is radical, alright: radically courageous and radically caring about animals and radically right — and, by the way, too smart to do bomb threats, so that must’ve been an infiltrator trying to discredit and pin the blame on SHARK.

        I ask everyone to stop and think, and ask themselves: who is *really* defending the horses?

        July 8, 2013
        • Nancy B

          The link by Jan didn’t work for me.

          I agree with you about SHARK! They are doing a great job. They just take pictures and video and let folks know what’s really happening. The video doesn’t lie!

          July 8, 2013
  • Nancy B

    This is horrific! The horses are obviously being shocked. And this poor Paint horse was being shocked in his anus. This is their normal, these idiots. There are two more just standing there, watching. They know, they all know. This is what they do. This is their “normal”. The rodeo thugs are proven liars and couldn’t care less about any of the animals they torture and abuse. They say they’re well cared for, but a being fed doesn’t equate to being well cared for.

    And those little calfs are being tortured! Real cowboys don’t operate like this. These guys are sick, really sick.

    I went to a rodeo in the mid 80’s, the first and only one I attended. I was on a date, and knowing I loved horses he assumed I would enjoy a rodeo. I told him I wasn’t sure if I would, I’d heard it’s pretty rough on the animals at rodeos, but agreed to go. It was in Clements California. It was a beautiful day, there was a big grassy hillside alongside the arena where folks had blankets to sit on and some brought chairs. What happened that day was pretty bad. There wasn’t any consideration for any of the animals. At one point a bull jumped into the arena from an adjacent pen he had been in, he ran desperately looking for the exit! As rodeo people began to go after him, in a moment of desperation, he jumped and crashed through the arena fence. The announcer made some stupid joke about his nerves getting the best of him and said he was now running around the back parking lot, but no worries, we’ll get him. The worse was when they started the “Jeep Roping” event. Yep, that’s right… they actually chased after a calf with a Jeep, a motorized vehicle. The little calf ran for it’s life as the jeep chased it, fish tailing around. The idiots inside whooping and hollaring, as was a lot of the crowd. One idiot was standing up and hanging on in the back of the open top jeep with a rope and he did eventually rope that baby. Then the jeep slammed on it’s brakes and the calf who was running top speed was jerked to a stop by his neck, thrown into the air from the momentum and crashed down onto the ground. The idiot then jumped outta the jeep and ran to that baby and tied up his legs. It just layed there. The crowd cheered! All around me the crowd whooped and cheered. It made me sick! I couldn’t take anymore and left right then.

    It’s beyond me how anyone can call this a sport. None of those animals would choose to participate in any of it!

    Here in N. California there are a lot of rodeos! Last summer on the property next to mine I watched a small herd of cows over several months. Now I don’t know a lot about cows but they were fun to just observe sometimes when I was out back. The three little calfs would play, ya know, rough-house a lot, they sure had alot of fun playing together! Their mamas and the babies and a big bull all lived in this four acre pasture. In the evenings the people would come out and throw them some hay. Sometimes when the people were late the bull would go over, as near to their house as he could, and just bellow over and over! I thought, wow… just like the horses! Sometimes I’d be out back and the babies would run over to the fence to see what I was doing. They were so cute. I’d say hello and tell em they were just beautiful then go about my work. After a while they’d wander off and romp and play and jump on eachother then eat a little. Until one day, a few days before the “Big Rodeo” a trailer came and picked em all up. I don’t know for sure what became of them but … well…

    So I look at these videos and the obvious torture these poor animals go through and it’s so wrong! Seems to me that the days of organized animal abuse are numbered. Dear God, I hope so!

    July 8, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Nancy, your sweet story about the cows and their babies in the pasture next to you touched me. I wish more people would have the opportunity and take the time to watch cows who are free to roam. They would see that they are no different than horses: they love their lives, love one another, love to romp around, love to eat and drink and sleep. They express affection and intelligence and joy and humor and tenderness, and so on.

      Makes you wonder if we really want to remain conditioned by our customs, our habits, our palates, our money-making practices, our programmed domination over animals.

      Maybe we’d be better off freeing ourselves from those cultural bonds and being true to our compassionate nature and our desire for justice for all.

      I agree wholeheartedly that “the days of organized animal abuse” — in all its entrenched and menacing forms — “are numbered.”

      July 8, 2013
      • Nancy B

        Thank you Bless Us All. You’re right! If people observed free roaming cows, they would surely see their expressions of affection, intelligence, joy, humor and tenderness.

        I became aware of cows, as never before, a few years back. From where I lived I could see them up on the hill, a few properties over. Every year they would have calves and they would gather when one was born. Months later a truck would come and take their babies away. The mama’s would literally bellow for days! It was a powerful, deep, and sorrowful cry, a gutteral sound that would penetrate the depths of my soul. And really, it would continue for two or three days. Heartbreaking. Before then I didn’t know, didn’t want to know about cows. How could I eat them if I knew? Seeing, hearing and ‘feeling’ them changed me.

        I believe more and more people are becoming aware, on many levels, and making different choices as well as standing up for what’s right. Regardless if someone consumes meat or not, most of us don’t want any animal intentionally harmed, tormented or tortured. Changes are imminent. We’re living in interesting times.

        July 10, 2013
        • BlessUsAll

          It amazes me how anyone with a heart can be unmoved by the “powerful, deep, and sorrowful” cry of a mama for her baby, as you so accurately and painfully describe, Nancy B.

          As for your last sentence: You got that right!

          July 11, 2013