They are horses that go from one (often bad) situation straight into a hellish situation.
Horse roping (fans and advocates usually refrain from calling the practice horse “tripping”) is not a sport. I don’t care if it is “history.” Famous Spanish writer George Santayana, said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Just because an act is part of a tradition, culture, or a nation’s history does not make it right, especially when it is an act of cruelty.
What’s wrong with the following statement in regards to defending horse tripping as a humane and safe sport?
“The majority of the horses that we use are actually rescues. We bring them in. They’re undesirable horses that maybe didn’t work out as a saddle horse, have bad habits, or are abandoned, undesirable horses. We bring them in and we train them,” said Tobias de la Torre, the CEO of Charros Federation USA.
Wait. What? Did he just say, “rescues?” Oh, no he did-unt.
Charro horses are are not rescues — they are usually horses purchased at auctions. And, when a charro buyer starts bidding, it prevents horses in crisis from being truly rescued. Charro buyers will outbid kill buyers for horses but their purpose is the same: to make a profit off the horse — at the expense of a horse, and then dispose of the horse. In other words, they are purchased with the intention of the horse being a temporary commodity, not as an act of kindness to the “undesirable horses.”
“Rescued” horses implies equines being saved from some sort of hardship and being given a second chance in life. Horses that are tripped for sport are not being saved from horrors, they are being subjected to great cruelty and horror. And, they have little chance of having any life after they are used up because their bodies are broken and being constantly chased and tripped makes humans seem like the predators they are — no wonder charro chased horses are often psychologically destroyed.
Charro horses are not trained. They are not ridden and their only job is to run as fast as the can and then be roped and tripped. They are chased and “roped” (tripped) until they become useless from injuries, sustained illness, or age. Then, they are killed, sold at auction, or to kill buyers. They are not rehabilitated, they are not rehomed. The are sold to the highest bidder which is almost always a kill buyer because very few individuals, if any, go to auction to buy charro horses for companions or as a riding horse.
Setting The Record Straight
Let’s make two important corrections to Tobias de la Torre, the CEO of Charros Federation USA. statements:
- Horse “roping” is the same thing as horse “tripping.” You can call it what you want but it means the same thing to a horse — inhumane treatment and torture.
- Charro horses are not rescues. But they do need to be rescued from Charros.
Go to any horse auction and you will see tell tale signs of horses used in tripping events — horrible rope burns, leg fractures, muscle, tendon, and ligament tears — horses terrified of humans — and for good reason. That is an example of a rescued horse? If so, I think it is time to change history because I hope the next generation of horse enthusiasts are not condemned to repeat the mistakes we are making now.
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