To the editor:
Now that the Calgary stampede is over and everyone has had their say, I would like the last word.
I was able to cut out a newspaper photo of a rodeo horse and rider in a midair buck. This photo was taken low to the ground and the horse’s feet are prominent.
The horse’s hooves were in very bad condition, grossly neglected, and overgrown so long that there were wide cracks running up into the tender part of the foot.
That horse should not have been walking on those feet, never mind being forced to have the extra weight of a rider and being forced to buck.
I wonder how crippled that horse was after that ride?
I wonder where that horse is now, probably at the slaughter house.
Yes there is a dark side to rodeos, and anyone who has ever been around them knows this.
Shame on the stampede promoters for presenting the life of rodeo animals as “very well cared for.”
The truth is there is desperation in the lives of participants connected with the rodeo and winning is the all important issue not the welfare of the animals.
I think the public is being lied to, and I have the picture that proves it.