Cheyenne, Wy – Cheyenne Frontier Days is imposing
stricter rules on the use of hand-held electric shock devices on
horses in the annual rodeo.
Until now, the "Daddy of 'Em All" had followed the
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rules on the use of the
The PRCA rules allow for shocking a horse before a ride if the
stock contractor, the cowboy riding the horse and the PRCA judge
all agree the horse might stall coming out of the chute.
An animal rights group has posted Internet videos showing rodeo
hands appearing to use the devices a number of times at last year's
Frontier Days rodeo.
Frontier Days spokesman Bob Budd says that from now on, horses
will not be shocked except in cases of an emergency.