Horse Tripping — Why it’s Animal Cruelty, Not a Sport

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Horse tripping is just what it sounds like.  Horses are made to gallop at break neck speeds reaching 25 to 30 mph and then tripped with ropes.


Because some people think it is a sport.  But it is not a sport.  The definition of “sport” is “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.”

These horses are not competing against humans.  They are trying to survive.

Animal Law Coalition describes horse tripping this way:  “Horse tripping is an event usually in Mexican rodeos called charreadas, and involves two cowboys on horseback chasing a horse, causing the animal to run. When the horse has reached full speed, a third horseman lassoes one of the horse’s front legs, then stops and pulls back on the rope, causing the horse to trip forward and smash full-force into the ground.”

Horse tripping has been around for a while, but it is again growing in popularity in the state of Nevada in underground circuits, much like dog fighting.  The difference is, dog fighting is illegal and horse tripping is not, at least in Nevada.  Both Arizona and Nebraska have outlawed horse tripping — even in rodeos, which are often exempt from animal cruelty laws unless a specific act is legislated.

In 2011 a bill to ban horse tripping in Nevada failed.  “Despite the efforts of advocates to salvage the NV bill to ban horse tripping, S.B. 364, it was not reconsidered this session either as part of another bill or otherwise.”  Animal Law Coalition

HelpAnimalsNV posted the following on YouTube (caution, accurate depiction of the intense cruelty inflicted on horses):

Video Description:  “A shocking video captured at the Winnemucca Annual Charreada on April 30, 2011, shows downed, tripped horse thrashing against the enclosure and limping once upright. This follows shortly on the heels of SB 364 – Horse Tripping Ban, which died in committee. Opponents adamantly claimed horse tripping doesn’t happen in Nevada and if it does, the horse is neither downed nor injured. This video proves otherwise. In this 2-day event, the same 5 horses were used over and over in repeated events, with no water all day. In an event which involves high speed chase and amateur ropers, accidents are likely and difficult to avoid.”

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