July 13, 2012 | 1 Comment
As the Calgary Stampede approached, I had resolved not to write about it. I am not a fan of putting animals in harm’s way purely for the sake of spectacle, but there wasn’t much I could say that hadn’t already been said. And, anyway, I always assumed that the human participants treated the animals (outside of the events) better than your average circus animal is treated. And, seeing a picture of a tearful Chad Harden does a lot to confirm that thought.
Of course, tears or not, his horses are still dead.
On Thursday, the horses pulling Mr. Harden’s chuckwagon had a serious crash. Three of the four horses were killed, and the spotlight is once again on this controversial sport. I have yet to hear an answer to the question I posed last year, after the death of a horse participating in chuckwagon race at the Stampede, can anyone put up a defense for running chuck wagon races?