The rodeo’s background is interesting and full of small contests that pitted cowboy crews against each other in various ways.
The start of these competitions started in the 1700’s with the Spaniards and their ranch hands called vaqueros. These ranches were spread out over what’s currently, the American southwest, when Spain possessed the land. There were several events where the ranch hands could compete. The early rodeos had events such as horse breaking, which could become very dangerous if one wasn’t careful, herding, which turned into a larger competition since the ways of the cowboy became more popular, and branding the critters. In the 1800’s, cattle drives were a massive part of cowboy life, with paths like the Chism, the Goodnight-Loving, and the Santa Fe were ways to get the cows from the southwestern areas of the United States into the eastern areas of america. At the end of the paths, the cowboys who had to dismiss the stress of the drive frequently held competitions between crews to find out who was the best. This would eventually develop into an entertainment form for people of the frontier cities, such as Prescott, Arizona or Cheyenne, Wyoming. They used lots of the events mentioned previously, which gave birth to the modern rodeos of now.
The contemporary rodeo is governed by the rules and regulations put forth by IGRA. Its rule book can be found on the internet and covers every aspect of rodeo life from institution requirements to professional behaviour in the stadium and other areas where the rodeo is being held. One of the chief issues with the animals is the way the rodeo hands get the animals to buck so much. This happens because the animals are made to put on a flank strap that binds the testicles. The 8 second principle was established for the protection of the animals, largely because the creature gets exhausted and the adrenaline stops flowing just as much. Additionally, it can help keep the creature wild and unbroken, so that it may perform in different rodeos.
The security of the cowboy is almost secondary to the protection of the animals. Horrible injuries and death occur annually from trampling or by being thrown to the fence that divides the audience from the arena. If that is the game for you, ensure you have the correct training and some type of protection to your upper chest and abdominal region. This is the area where accidents occur the most.