Bareback Riding

Bareback Riding combines extreme physical strength with the ability to adjust to the motions of the horse in a split second. It is one of rodeo’s most physically demanding events, taking a heavy toll on the cowboy’s body. A successful ride depends on the cowboy’s spurring technique and his ability to look good while being tossed about on the back of the bucking bronc. As there is nothing attached to the horse’s head, the cowboy never knows exactly where that horse is going, and must take what suprises come in stride. The cowboy once again is required to hang on with one hand only to a specialized piece of equipment called a bareback rigging which fits over the withers (top of the back above the shoulders) and is attached by a cinch around the belly.

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