31 December 2005
Worst run rodeo we have had the misfortune to attend.
Worst possible New Years Eve.
This rodeo made a staggering loss of
$12,000 for the community of Two Wells!
On a sweltering 43 degree day, another horse
was killed. In front of thousands of cheering people
including hundreds of children, the bucking horse broke it's
leg and tried desperately to escape the cowboys trying to
restrain it. It was frantically biting at the rider who was
on its back. Twice the horse broke free and tried to drag
itself away. The commentators laughed and joked throughout
the whole gut wrenching scene. Even worse were claims
that the horse was not euthanased quickly on the arena, but
left there for over 20 minutes before being loaded onto a
trailer and taken away to be euthanased.
The RSPCA is now investigating the circumstances
involving this horses injury and subsequent death.
A 'bronc' rider was injured when the frantic horse ran bucking into a fence. The rider was knocked unconscious, went into convulsions and was taken away by ambulance.
At the conclusion of the event, a large burst of fireworks were released in the grounds, right next to the already terrified and abused animals, causing even more anguish.
The lighting was very poor and several of the horses ran/bucked to the fence. They appeared even more disoriented that usual, possibly due to the dim lighting. One horse tore the inside of his back leg open after getting tangled in the arena fencing with a rider on his back in the bucking event.
Children hung all over the portable arena fencing and a physical fight is alleged to have broken out between the stock contractor and competitors.
Today Tonight aired a story Wednesday
4 January 2006 and showed footage of atrocities at this event.
This included the horse breaking its leg (which subsequently
died); the rider falling; and a mare forced to enter a bucking
event whilst having foal at foot. The foal paced frantically
and banged into the arena fence, being traumatised from the
separation of its terrified mother. He witnessed his mother
taking a bad fall and landing on her back. A terrible introduction
to his life as a rodeo horse.
We would love to hear from one of the supposed vets, particularly since the vet on the permit is male, and the commentators said the 2 vets attending were female. We would like accurate details of when and how that poor horse was euthanased, as early reports say that it was not euthanased in the first 20 minutes of its agony. We would like to know why adequate veterinary supplies to quickly euthanase this horse seemed not to be available.
The RSPCA is currently investigating this rodeo.
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