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2011-03-01 16:39:38
Well I am very glad and pleased to hear that....
2011-03-01 13:31:20
Well, PG, that the nose is a tender part is kind of the order to get a large aninmal like this to do what you want it to do you need to have some leverage...otherwise it would just lie down in the shade or go eat grass instead of hauling your cart or pulling your plow...but rest assured, these animals are very highly valued by the people who depend on them, and are very well treated....
2011-03-01 09:40:28
Thankyou for the explanation, Patito. I appreciate it. I was really referring though to when the person steers these poor animals. Wouldn't that rope or steel ring hurt them then ? Why not put a harness around them like they do a horse ? You can see that I've never had experience with this sort of thing, can't you ? Also, you'd think too that this would get in the way of their breathing. I feel sorry for the poor bull here. Thankyou again....
2011-03-01 00:43:11
Putting a rope (or as is more common in the Western World, a steel ring ) in the nose of an animal probably is painful. Sort of like having your ears pierced. But the pain is short lived, and having the ring ( or rope ) in the nose makes a large, powerful domestic animal much more tractable. Southeast Asia, where water buffalo are most commonly used as draft animals, is also home to some of the smallest people in the world. A little Vietnamese guy who is maybe 5' 2" and weighs 110 pounds soaking wet needs all the advantage he can get to manage an animal that can weigh close to a ton. And having that big powerful animal to pull his plow through the rice paddy may make the difference between having enough to eat and going hungry.
2011-02-28 14:35:17
Wouldn't that rope inside the nose hurt this poor animal ? Or am I missing something here.... ?