Just recently, we saw a rodeo event on television. It was a bull riding competition, and it looked like the most intimidating thing we’ve ever seen. We often take for granted how much physical and mental preparation is needed to succeed in this sport. We took an instant fascination with the sport and began research of our own. Here are some of the basic facts about bull riding.
Bull rider gear: Pro bull riders apparently wear padded vests (a more than a wise idea), leather chaps, and spurs. Hats are good as well, but helmets are even better.
Bull rider training: Bull riders are physically strong – or at least physically strong enough to lift themselves up by their arms alone. They do a lot of HIIT to improve overall strength, and they practice with real bulls and horses to prepare for big events.
Bulls: Bulls in the rodeo are only allowed to travel 10 hours in a day. The rest of time they should be resting.
Rodeo Clowns: Rodeo clowns are there to make the people happy and keep the cowboys safe after being thrown off a bull.
The Ride: Cowboys use a bull rope when they ride the bull. There’s a cowbell and a rosin as well. Rides are eight seconds long. As soon as a rider lets go of the rope, or if he touches the ground, or if his free arm touches the bull, that’s it. The clock stops.
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