Activist violently arrested for filming at Oregon Rodeo; call to action for the horses

If you are riding a horse, this can happen. I do not like some of the things that happen at rodeos, but bucking and wild horse breaking is part of the process even when you buy a horse that has not been ridden. To say that this happens all the time is ridiculous. I know that the people who take care of these “wild” broncs (which they are not wild if they are bred to do this and taken care of, they are feral) take great cautions in their horses because they are not only their bread winners, the actually love the horse. The become famous – at times – world wide. My relatives are the Mahan(s). Larry Mahan was one of the best cowboys for years and I promise you – he didn’t go out there to harm the horse. Some things some people just shouldn’t be involved in; and some things have to be done better, that is true. But, this video did not show me one thing that was suppose to be the fault of anyone. As I said, this could happen to anyone at any time; a broken leg is fatal unless you plan on going on a world-wide search and finding ways to help the horse survive with 3 legs. Thank you for the blog and thank you for letting me state my opinion. Of course, the blog was about the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department, not the rodeo. It became the blog about what happened. That is sadder than the actual events because it had nothing to do with the rider, the horse, or the injury sustained during this cowboy’s ride. I know that kindness is imperative; and rodeos must do better and some of the programs have to be stopped. It’s not going to stop a cowboy and a rodeo and it won’t stop a person from riding a horse if a horse breaks a leg. It will break your heart, but transferring the anger, hurt, and confusion is not the answer.

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SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) PRESS RELEASE

Jordan Valley, OR – On Saturday May 18th, 2013, SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) volunteer Adam Fahnestock was peacefully sitting monitoring the Big Loop Rodeo when rodeo personnel and a Malheur County Sheriff’s Deputy approached him. After a very brief conversation, the deputy suddenly grabbed Fahnestock and threw him violently to the ground where rodeo personnel then also set upon him. Fahnestock was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He is currently being held in Malheur County Jail, Vale, OR on a $1000 bail.

Big Loop Rodeo has been under fire from SHARK recently after documentation of a bucking horse breaking its leg in the arena and numerous horses were filmed crashing to the ground was released after the 2012 rodeo. Filming is permitted at the rodeo and many spectators film the events. It is believed Fahnestock was…

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