SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Horse tripping is now banned in the state of Oregon.
On Tuesday, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the change into law.
The “sport” involves roping or lassoing a horse’s legs so they fall. Sometimes horses don’t get up from the falls — suffering broken legs, backs, even necks in the process.
“Horse tripping occurs in small rodeos that are not sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association,” according to the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio, Ore.
The sanctuary website reported that horse roping already has been banned in 11 other states — Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Rhode Island, Maine, Illinois, Oklahoma, California and Florida — and in film and television productions for more than 50 years.
“The bill will not affect legitimate ranch work,” it reported. “Only horse tripping that occurs for entertainment or sport, or as practice for entertainment or sport, would be prohibited. In addition, only intentional horse tripping will be outlawed. The unintended, accidental tripping of a horse will not be penalized.”