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Animal Care at the Reno Rodeo

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From steer wresting, cattle roping and barrel racing, to the bucking bulls, the animals' safety is just as important as the cowboys and cowgirls at the Reno Rodeo. While the cowboys and cowgirls out in the arena take more of a beating than the livestock, that doesn't mean they can't get injured too.

Joe Coli, the Reno Rodeo veterinarian said, "If there are any injured or sick animals, they don't go into a performance. Unless the injury is a minor one, its not going to interfere with their comfort, and we're not going to make the injury any worse. But typically if anything has an injury or is sick, they don't perform."

Each animal, whether it be a bull, steer or horse, is inspected before a performance. If they aren't ready to perform or have a health issue, they are pulled from the lineup. And the veterinarian is required to be present at all events in case of an emergency. And with all the different types of animals at the rodeo, they are separated in pens to avoid fights or injuries. And electric prods are only used to get animals to move when absolutely necessary.

"If an animal were stopped in a chute and not moving forward for whatever reason, sometimes they can cause danger to themselves by keeping themselves in a bad spot. that being said, I personally haven't seen an electric prod, its been a year now," said Coli.

You can come see all of the animals compete each night throughout the next week.
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