Horse Tripping Stirs Up Controversy
Page Last Updated: Wednesday May 4, 2011 6:44pm PDT
Horse tripping is an event where a horse is released; the participant ropes the horse’s front legs, and brings it to the ground. Horse tripping often causes the horse to break its legs or neck, and could potentially lead to death.
The event is a part of the Mexican-style rodeo, also known as charreadas, where participants are scored on time and accuracy.
“You’ll be hard pressed to find anybody, other than those who are profiting from it, say this type of activity could be continued,” said State Senator Allison Copening.
Copening sponsored a bill this session to outlaw horse tripping in Nevada, but SB 364 died in committee last month.
Copening said, it died partly because of people testifying that horse tripping doesn’t happen in the state, and the ropes are loose and never pulled tight
“It’s heartbreaking to think this type of activity can go on for several more years,” said Copening.