In 2012, we video-documented cruel acts of "horse tripping" (where rodeo riders rope horses around their legs, which brings them crashing to the ground) at the Big Loop Rodeo in Jordan Valley, Oregon. The video of this animal abuse had more than 200,000 views, and it sparked a movement in the Oregon Legislature to ban horse tripping. You can watch that video here:
In 2011 SHARK's cameras documented the Reno Rodeo shocking horses with 5,000 volts of painful electricity to make then appear wild. You can see the video below. The rodeo promised to make changes for the next year.
Reno Rodeo Cartoon by Jeff Hickman (click to enlarge)
In 2012 SHARK returned to the Reno Rodeo and and again documented them shocking horses to perform. The only change they made was to try and do it secretly now. The rodeo thugs had hidden a shocking device inside a glove and were shocking horses, some right in the face, with their hidden torture device that the manufacturer says shouldn't be used in a rodeo setting and NEVER on horses. Video below.
The Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove, NJ hosts a weekly PRCA-sanctioned rodeo during the summer months. Every single time that SHARK investigators attended the rodeo they documented rodeo thugs shocking horses to make them perform. In 2013, after being electroshocked, a horse died on the arena floor: