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The Road to Becoming
a First-Generation Bull Rider

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Posted By: StormCnter, 9/24/2020 3:26:05 PM

It may not look like it to the casual observer, but bull riding is a sort of dance. A good ride appears as one fluid motion of a rider in sync with a bucking ton of hoof, hide, and horn. It’s a lightning-fast choreography that’s as dangerous as it is beautiful. The basics of the sport are simple: hang on with one hand, keep the other hand free, and try to stay on for eight seconds. But actually doing all three, well, that ain’t so easy. Professional bull riders have to train both their bodies and minds to excel at this injury-prone sport.


I hope no one runs into a paywall. This piece is just pure-dee fun. There's a short video. Watch youngsters learn to ride a bull. "Don't worry about your hat!!" "Remember, it's bull ridin', not bull sittin' "

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 9/24/2020 3:54:39 PM (No. 551242)
What's even more difficult is making "Rodeo Love," where you call your lover by someone else's name and try to hang on for either seconds.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Daisymay 9/24/2020 4:20:47 PM (No. 551272)
I recently watched the Heartland series on Netflix. It gave me a whole new way of looking at Rodeo, Bull Riding, Barrell Racing and anything else done with Horses and cattle. I loved that series!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rumblehog 9/24/2020 5:00:01 PM (No. 551308)
A local Neurosurgeon has fused every vertebrae of a former professional bull rider who lives in far north Texas, and he's not that old. It's got to be about the most insane sport in the world.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 9/24/2020 6:01:01 PM (No. 551335)
My cousin, a former banker and black ski run ski instructor, rode the bulls in rodeos until he was in his 80s. There is one character in every big family...
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Geoman 9/24/2020 6:10:12 PM (No. 551339)
What the author didn't mention, I found out the hard way and that is you may stay on for eight seconds but the ride isn't necessarily over.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldoc 9/24/2020 6:48:35 PM (No. 551357)
Watch the PBR and you will be overwhelmed with brazilian flags and names. Some days they constitute more than half of the leaderboard.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: RuckusTom 9/24/2020 7:21:30 PM (No. 551387)
I had a buddy who once tried his hand at bull riding starting out practicing on a 600 lb. steer. Of course he fell off right out of the gate and to add insult, the steer turned around and stepped on his left thigh. That led to the injury - his thigh swelled up the size of a large watermelon and it took him about 2 or 3 weeks to recover (if not longer). He didn't try bull riding again.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: bad-hair 9/24/2020 7:30:36 PM (No. 551398)
Step 1 ... Get brain damage on your first ride. Step 2 ... Love the USA. We're OK with crazy if you don't hurt the bull.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: texaspast 9/25/2020 12:32:17 AM (No. 551605)
I know Texas Monthly has some seriously liberal tendencies, but it is not 'insanely' liberal. An article like this is why I still read the magazine. A Texas liberal isn't the same as a socialist liberal. A Texas liberal can still love his(her) country and, more importantly, her(his) state. If you get a chance, read any Skip Hollandsworth article. Almost all of them are worth the read. No he didn't write this article, but I would direct you to 'The Day The Fire Came' - You can't read it and come away dry-eyed. One of the best true-life articles on Texas I've ever read. I'm sure StormCnter read it (she be one of them way-north-Texas flatlanders), but I don't remember if she posted it. It is from 2017, so I can't post it. But read it if you can.
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