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Welfare of Bucking Horses

University of Calgary researchers publish first study on welfare of bucking horses at Calgary Stampede

Vet med researchers went behind the chutes over 3 years to observe behaviour of horses used in rodeos

Rodeo is more than just a sport. At least it is here in Alberta. Rodeo events encompass core skills that those working with livestock traditionally needed in order to safely and effectively manage their animals day to day. Many of the skills — including staying on the back of an untrained horse — are still important today.

The sport is not without controversy. But those who support rodeo and those who do not often find themselves asking the same question: How do the animals feel about their participation in such events? [read more]

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