The Stars of the Rodeo…the Bulls

D&D Family Farm Blog
The Stars of the Rodeo, the Bulls!

By:  MacKenzie M. Davis
Early History of the Rodeo
The rodeo was not originally a sporting event, but an integral part of cattle ranching in areas of Spanish influence. The working rodeo was retained in parts of the US Southwest after the US-Mexico war. In the late 1800’s, Wild West Shows began traveling the eastern states and did so for over 50 years. Today’s rodeos are an offshoot of these early shows that featured great cowboys, such as Buffalo Bill Cody. Today’s rodeo stars are the Bulls and they couldn’t be treated better.


Care is Crucial
Fresh, clean water is offered at all times. We want these guys to feeling their best.
Bulls also eat high-protein feed and high-quality hay. High protein feed helps the bulls keep their strength and endurance. High quality hay provides nutrients that help keep a bull healthy. These feeds are approved by a certified nutritionist.

The bulls are kept on ranches when not traveling. They are gentle and enjoy attention.
They know their job and when to perform.

What is a Flank Strap?
While genetics play the largest role in a bull’s bucking performance, the flank strap aids in the performance as well. The bulls will kick their hind legs out at the height of their bucking action in an attempt to dislodge the soft flank rope which encircles their body . The flank strap never comes in contact with the bulls genitals.

What is a bull rope?
The bull rope is what the bull rider hangs onto during his ride. It is wrapped around the chest of the bull directly behind the front legs. At the bottom of the rope hangs at metal bell designed to give the rope some weight so that it will fall off the bull as soon as the rider is bucked off or dismounts from the animal. The bell is smooth and round and does not harm the bull in any way. The rope is not harmful either.

Why wear spurs? Do they hurt?
Bull riders wear spurs which are required to have dull rowels (the wheel like part of the spur that comes in contact with the bull). The spurs help the rider maintain his balance by giving him added grip with his feet. The spurs do not cut or scratch the bulls thick skin which is seven times thicker than ours!gold-cup-spurs

What happens if a bull gets hurt at the Rodeo?
There is always a veterinarian present at Rodeo Bull Riding (PBR) events. If there is a sick or injured bull at an event, the veterinarian is notified immediately. Health papers are also required on all animals arriving at all events. They are inspected as they are unloaded prior to competition. If they aren’t feeling their best, they are given ample time to recover. Yes, they are allowed sick days, just like us!


Bulls are the kings of the Rodeo and they are treated as such!
They look forward to seeing you at the Rodeo!


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