|Are you kidding me!!!!! DO you know what they do to these animals to get them to "perform"? DO you have a clue? So there is the flank strap tightened and placed for achieving the bucking and hind kicking response. Of course this doesn't always get all the points, so there are regulation spurs worn to stimulate the animals discomfort and bucking. They are set into the animals neck/shoulders and sides repeatedly, not only to enhance the "ride" but for style points!
If that's your style, I feel for you......
Just to clarify a few things for other people. If you have never worked with livestock you don't understand the bucking strap concept. Initially the anhimal bucks because they're like "Dude this feels weird get it off!" but after the animal knows what it is meant to do, go into a chute, get a rider, go out bucking you could probably put a bull or a horse out of the chute and they would take off bucking. There are several famous bulls [Yellow Jacket to name one awesome guy] who knew what he was doing when he threw those cowboys off. Livestock are super easy to condition and once they know their job it really doesn't matter. Also even if the guys can wear spurs if one HAIR on the bull or horse is messed up the cowboy can get in serious trouble. These athletes, which again is what they are are very well taken care of. Granted there are crappy livestock contractors, like there are crappy people everywhere else. Some hunters treat their hunting dogs VERY well, like members of the family then there are others who treat them like crap and if the dog gets hurt or sick they shoot them. I'm not entirely for rodeo, I think calf roping is horrible and pointless because they aren't roping them for a purpose... the same with steer wrestling but I've been around the Rodeo scene since I was a kid and as far as bucking bulls and bucking horses they are well taken care of. Maybe at some little podunk rodeo they aren't, but the livestock that hits the NFR and PBR are NICE and very expensive animals.
Tangent over. We all have a right to believe whatever we want. It's just important to read new information and take it with a grain of salt.