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History of Rodeo

Rodeo, Ranch, Bucking, Cowboy, Western

Williamson County Wildlife Removal can be a really exciting event for a family or a group of people to go and observe. The rodeo’s history is interesting and full of small competitions that pitted cowboy crews against each other in various ways.
The beginning of these competitions began in the 1700’s with the Spaniards and their ranch hands called vaqueros. These ranches were spread out over what’s now, the American southwest, when Spain possessed the land. There were several events in which the ranch hands could compete. The early rodeos also had events such as horse breaking, which could become very dangerous if one was not careful, herding, which turned into a bigger competition as the ways of the cowboy became more popular, and branding the animals. In the 1800’s, cattle drives were a massive part of cowboy life, with trails like the Chism, the Goodnight-Loving, and the Santa Fe were ways to get the cows from the southwestern parts of the United States to the eastern areas of america. At the end of the trails, the cowboys who needed to blow off the stress of the drive frequently held competitions between crews to see who was the best. This would eventually develop into an entertainment form for people of the frontier cities, like Prescott, Arizona or Cheyenne, Wyoming. They used lots of the events mentioned above, which gave birth to the modern rodeos of now.
The modern rodeo is governed by the rules and regulations put forth by IGRA. Its rule book can be found online and covers every aspect of rodeo life from institution requirements to professional behaviour in the arena and other areas where the rodeo is being held. One of the main 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 wear a flank strap that binds the testicles. The 8 second rule was established for the safety of the animals, largely because the animal gets fatigued and the adrenaline stops flowing just as much. It also can help keep the creature wild and unbroken, so that it may perform in other rodeos.
The security of the cowboy is almost secondary to the protection of the animals. Horrible injuries and death occur every year from trampling or from being thrown into the fence that separates the audience from the arena. If that is the sport for you, make certain you have the correct training and some type of protection to your upper chest and abdominal area. This is the area where accidents occur the most.