One of my loves is the rodeo. It's a passion! Yet people go to one rodeo, typically a back yard rodeo with a bunch of hicks, and they see cruel riding and immediately think Western riding and rodeos are cruel. Not saying every single rider in a rodeo will be fantastic, but I've seen a LOT of abuse in jumping, dressage, blah blah.
My main point is, before you judge a whole discipline and the people who take part in it, do research. Go to more than one show or rodeo-this counts for any discipline, not just western!-and see what you think.
And look at my fatty.
|He's so abused. ;) I mean, come on. Its not like I give him daily hugs, give in to his every whim, get vet checks all the time.....|
Plus, my horse loves his job, western job. Even when he was sick a few weeks ago and almost foundered, fifteen minutes into our light trail ride and his ears perked up and he wanted to go. He loves it. If he didn't, I wouldn't make him do it. Go to a real rodeo and see how much those horses want to do their job. Maybe your eyes will open. And if you feel the same way about English riding, look at how much those horses love their job!!!!
Oh well. Haters gonna hate. Just don't hate on my horse.
Things would get bad.