Wednesday, August 24, 2011

bulldoggin' and broncs!

I loved the rodeo, ate it up. The horses, the cowboys, the cows...I loved the clothing and the smells and the happy crowd. I adored the drama, and the anticipation, and the chances taken. Here's a video of steer wrestling (bulldoggin' they called it) and a bronco ride. I sat by myself in the stands, wearing my straw cowboy hat, watching these men and women compete with such fierce love for their sport, care for their horses, energy and excitement ruled the night. I drove home thinking about cowboys, the country station cranked.

10 Comments:

Blogger Nicole said...

Yup, gotta love cowboys!

August 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Reason's Whore said...

It may look romantic but rodeo is very abusive to the animals. Not my idea of entertainment.

August 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

I used to video tape the one from Mesquite Tx with Don Gay and watch them over and over again.

August 24, 2011 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Jenna - I'm with you. Cowboys rock and a rodeo is pure fun.

August 24, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
OpenID mountainchicken said...

Just wait until you watch mutton busting!

August 24, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I read about that in the NY Times! Does it count if I rode the back of sale trying to trim his hooves?!?!

August 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

undue stress and inflicted pain on livestock for human entertainment and pleasure isn't my idea of a good time.

are you aware of how the horses and bulls are made to buck? a flank strap is tightened around the animals abdomen (at their flank) where there is no rib protection. even gentle broke horses will buck under such conditions (if you've ever seen a rider with a girth too lose where the saddle slips back you know what i'm referencing). many of the animals arent inately aggressive but are physically provoked to act "wild" so cowboys can show bravery and the audience gets their rocks off.

calf roping is one of the most cruel events of a rodeo. the calves, as young as 3 months, have their tails twisted or are even cattle prodded to push them to run as fast as they can (fight or flight, they are in pain and scared). they are roped so violently the calf often becomes airborn before crashing to the ground. the "hottie" cowboy then picks up the calf and slams it back on the ground to knock the wind out of it before tying its legs together....and this is if the process goes as planned.

I can't imagine you would allow, let alone enjoy or "love" someone treating your sheep, lambs, or pony in that manner. who knows, maybe lamb roping will be the next Cold Antler workshop.

Compartmentalized compassion is so disappointing. Factory farming bad, rodeo good? I will never understand.

August 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Cat K said...

How on earth did you manage to avoid the Garth Brooks lyrics in this post. :)

August 25, 2011 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger ukeekat said...

I agree with Reason & Meredith, and I'm utterly confused.

Isn't cold antler about self-sufficiency and respect? I get raising animals for food with respect and compassion, I get being self-reliant and self-sufficient. I get the love of the farm and horses.

I get how you went from compassionate vegetarian Buddhist to omnivore farmer, but I do *not* get how you went from posting videos about factory farms to posting a video of a bucking bronc.

Do you not care about the animals anymore?

Barrel racing is amazing for sure, and I understand going to a rodeo for events like that, but you're admiring the bucking bronc and the rider.

Bucking continuously like that is not a natural behaviour, and it's really hard on the horse.

I don't understand how the Jenna from three years ago can watch that and think it's cool. Heck, I don't understand how the Jenna who found a local woman to come to her farm and dispatch Pig with minimal stress can watch a bucking bronc with anything but sympathy for the animal.

Perhaps you've changed a whole lot more than some of your readers have appreciated.

August 25, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Jenna,

Lots of us love you, darlin', just the way you are. Nothing to apologize for in your country life as far as I've seen.

August 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM  

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