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Lawmaker Fights to Ban 'Horse Tripping'

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Image from a video posted to YouTube that depicts horse tripping in Winnemucca, Nev. Image from a video posted to YouTube that depicts horse tripping in Winnemucca, Nev.

LAS VEGAS -- In Nevada, an underground culture exists of unsanctioned rodeos, including an event called horse tripping, according to animal advocates.

Animal advocates said that's where horses are intentionally tripped for entertainment and often times the horses are hurt and left for dead.

A state law banning horse tripping has been tried before, and the practice is not endorsed by any American rodeo. It is banned in 11 states, but video taken from Nevada shows it's still happening.

A video posted to YouTube in May last year and shot in Winnemucca, Nevada - a seven hour drive north of Las Vegas - shows a horse flipping onto it's back after its legs are pulled out from underneath it.

Nevada State Sen. Mark Manendo said the cruel practice often times ends in death. Manendo is trying to ban the practice in Nevada.

"When these horses are injured, they don't care for them. They use them as long as they can until they are just unusable anymore, and they throw them away like garbage," said Manendo. "These animals, these horses, just go through absolute pain and torture in these rodeos."

Manendo tried to pass a ban on the practice before, but it was blocked.

Opponents believed the language in the bill went too far, and there were questions whether the practice was actually going on in Nevada.

Nevada Cattlemen's Association President J.J. Goicoechea said they're not against a ban on horse tripping, but they are against any law that makes it harder for them to do business.

"I will admit what happened a couple of years ago in regards to horse tripping are unacceptable, and we do not condone that, and it was an unfortunate event," Goicoechea said. "I want to be very careful and cautious that it doesn't extend beyond that and impact our industry and also impact other rodeo events."

Manendo said it is not his intention to hurt anyone's way of life, but preventing and stopping animal cruelty is the main issue.

The state senator is confident the bill will at least be heard this time around in Carson City as the video is proof horse tripping is going on in Nevada.

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