“The greatest deterrent
to freedom are men and women of zeal, well-meaning, but
without knowledge or understanding.”
~Justice Louis Brandeis~

"People are so quick to defend their own agendas, but they so often fail to realize we must protect the rights of all if we are to continue to have any rights of our own."

Ranch meaning, in general, any real world dwelling probably not involving full care board. Kind of a rural voice of real horse owners, trainers, traders, auction owners, rodeo contractors, etc.. all of us who have taken a verbal beating and called greedy ass hats. Back at the Ranch contributors, moderators, subjects, and so on, are pro-horse, pro-owner, and pro-slaughter.
Back at the Ranch was formed by a group of like minded horse / livestock owners. It is a place for us to try to educate, a place to vent our frustrations with the current equine industry, a place to share humor and snark, and in general try to open the eyes of the public who seem to be anti-agriculture.We do have a section for comments of course, and if you would like to email us you can do so directly or through the contact us form. We like to hear from our readers. I hope you enjoy reading our blog as much as I enjoy managing it.
Ranch Manager

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rodeo apologist? I think not....

there is nothing to defend or apologize for.

To Mr. Sherman, who was so kind as to leave comment and add a link to his newest article. We never apologized for the rodeo, there is nothing to apologize for. I did get a chuckle out of your article though, thanks for posting the link in our comment section. The conspiracy theory about court and criminal records was a lot of fun; I just love a good paranoid conspiracy theory.
Your remark in your article about us that “he won’t give his name”. First, so far, we are all women. Not that gender matters or plays any roll in a person’s stand on the issues in our equine and ag industry. Just thought since you like “facts” you would like to know that. Although I do believe we have stated that fact in our blog already. Secondly, with so many insane animal activists, animal rights groups, green peace, etc running around burning buildings down, releasing animals, killing animals, killing and threatening people, not many of us are all that thrilled about giving our real full names. Sorry I have a family, farm, livestock and other critters to think about and protect. I have not, however, REFUSED to give my name. I chose not to for the above mentioned reasons.
I suppose, as they say, bad publicity is better than no publicity. So THANK YOU for giving our blog a plug as well. So glad we could be of service to each other.
To All -
Isn’t it funny how we never hear of a pro-horse or pro-slaughter person burning down a PETA members garden, or a rodeo participant beheading a person on a public bus, or a restaurant owner killing dogs and putting the carcasses in a PETA members trash.
Yet those who support such behavior want to call the rodeo barbaric and abusive. Now there is some warped thinking!
We have some good posts coming up this week. I hope you all are enjoying and possibly learning from what we write, We have also had a couple of really good suggestions from readers for future topics. Thanks for sending those to me! We’re working on it.
Lets not forget to support those who are willing to go to bat for the equine and Ag industry! See my “lets show our support” at the top of the page. Thanks all, have a great day!!



  1. I was a little confused by the "Rodeo Apologist" angle, and hoped you would address it. I'm glad you did.
    I did a little research on Mr. Hindi myself, and I, for one am not impressed. He has the right to do as he believes best, but I get a little tired of people like him who seem to feel that if we all don't agree with him, then he has the right to infringe on our rights. Sure, standing outside a Hunt club with a bull horn and doing a flyover was within his legal rights until a restraining order was obtained, but why can't people like this find ways to pursue their causes in ways that don't scream "LOOK AT ME!!!!!", and disrupt others at the same time when they are not doing anything against the law themselves? What is, and is always lacking in these issues is a basic respect for other human beings, and without that, I don't know how we can move forward on ANY issue. A sad side note to the story of Mr. Hindi's stint in jail was that the owner of the Hunt club passed away of a heart attack while Mr. Hindi was in jail. In doing research on Mr. Hindi I came across a rather crass comment on the death of this man, making a sort of joke out of it. This is the mentality I just can't get past, and will never understand. Those who have this seeming fanatical love for animals also seem to possess a blatant disregard for any human not sharing their extreme views.

  2. I didn't get the apologist angle, nor did I see what the corrupt Illinois court system had to do with rodeo. I was raised in sticks so I can be a little backward at times.

    And a lot of it can be chalked up to "just don't care". Sensationalism masked as journalism is alive and well in Chicago.

  3. They say that the events done in the arena are never done on the ranch. I was riding through some cows one evening about a half hour before dark. Found a cow with a calf's head and one leg out, no second leg in site. She would trot off whenever I got close, as whe have brahma cross cattle and some are not to gentle. Since it was getting close to dark I really had no time to get back to the house and get someone to help me.

    So I roped here around the horns and layed a trip on her and rode off. Got her on the ground, tied the 2 bottom legs. The knee was trying to come on the other leg, but just was not enough room to straighten the leg out. So I ended up pushing the leg straight back as far as I could.

    Put a rope around the calf's neck and one leg and started pulling. Within a few minutes I had the calf out, untied the cow. Watched to make sure she got up and rode off.

    Now, I ask, how would an animal rights activist handled the situation? As they say this is never done on the ranch.

  4. Hey blaze I agree with you. but an animal rights activist would say you were "interfering with nature" or point out that we should not own animals. They get a big finger up from me. Not a thumbs up. lol
    Keep up the good work:)

  5. of you read the 2 or 3 comments on Mr. Sherman's blog. To be honest I'm pretty happy the guy doesn't approve of us, he sure attracts some whacko’s! I do think calling himself "A real Journalist" might be a bit of a grandiose stretch on his part though ;)

  6. The interesting thing about Mr Hindi is that he now says he is non-violent. This changed in 2001 when the political climate changed after the terrorist attacks of 9-11-01 and the justice department took animal rights activist violence more serious after some very violent events. (this is not to say Mr Hindi was responsable for those actions, but he applauded them)
    He used to challenge people to fights, threaten people with cattle prods, etc. Now his site has a big non-violence pledge on the front page.
    Mr Hindi is all about Mr Hindi.
    His main strategy is to goad people into confrontations so that he can film them acting in violent or confrontational ways. I have seen him make inappropriate comments to men with their children, just to get a rise out of them.

    He is a classic extrovert. If you really look at his organization, you find that few stay active for a long length of time. Why is this ? Because they tire of his incessant self-aggrandizement. In other words, they get tired of his over-sized ego.
    I have observed him in action numerous times for almost two decades now. My advice is, first clean up your act, do not give any of his claims legitamacy. Secondly, ignore him. When he can't get any press because there is no conflict, when he can't get someone to overreact and cause a headline making himself out to be a victim, when he can't get anyone to post nasty emails that galvanize his ragtag bunch of soon to be ex-followers in his small movement, when he gets no attention, HE GOES AWAY.
    Its not about the animals with him, its about his ego.
    Realize also that Mr Hindi is a very rich owner of a rivet manufacturer located in Geneva Illinois. He has the money to make your life a miserable hell.