Tsavo wrote:These rodeo people VOLUNTEER continuously that these horses only work a few minutes a year. Why do they feel they have to constantly volunteer that if they don't have a consciousness of guilt?
I don't think it's guilt so much as attempts to reassure the public that the animals used for rodeo are not abused.
Just about everyone who participates in horse sports tries to sanitize what their horses' negative experiences might be, but I think those who are invested in a sport in which it's more obvious that the animals are experiencing aversives need to do more.
Those who are more familiar with horses, and their reactions to aversives, tend to be more aware that rodeo broncs may have it better than horses who are coerced using what I call "stealth aversives", which are likely just as uncomfortable but less obvious to onlookers. Bits are a good example of stealth aversives, because they can be used to inflict considerable discomfort without attracting attention.