Committee urged to outlaw horse tripping

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Animal rights activists say Nevada needs to outlaw horse-tripping events throughout the state.

Advocates on Wednesday told the Senate Natural Resources Committee that SB346 would spare horses traumatic injuries associated with events that cause them lose their balance. They say horses are so badly maimed they are sometimes dragged out of the ring and later euthanized.

The tripping is associated with three events in the traditional Mexican Charreria (Chari-atah) rodeo. Tripping is illegal in Clark County as well as in eight states, including Texas and Oklahoma.

Critics say horse tripping does not exist and worry SB346 could be used as a springboard to outlaw rodeos.

Sen. James Roberson of Las Vegas says that neither critics nor supporters have said they endorse horse tripping, so a compromise should be possible.