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Bareback Riding
Bareback Riding

While simplistic in equipment, bareback riding is trickier than it looks.

Not only are the horses powerful, but the riders must be in excellent physical shape to stay aboard during the ride. With nothing to hold but a suitcase-like handle on a strap, known as a “rigging”, the cowboy must maintain balance, and remain controlled and coordinated with the horse’s motion, throughout the ride. The rigging is placed on top of the horse’s withers and comfortably secured with a cinch behind their front legs.

Once the rider is secured atop the horse, hand grasping the rigging, he nods his head to signal he’s ready and the chute gate is flung open. The cowboy must have his dulled spurs touching the horse’s shoulders until the animal’s front feet hit the ground—this is referred to as “marking out”. As the horse begins its bucking motion, the riders rolls his spurs up the animal’s shoulders and back down just in time for when its front feet return to the dirt.

The ride is not only judged on the cowboy’s spurring motion, control, and consistency to stay in motion with the horse’s movement, but also on the degree that his toes remain turned out, and the bucking action of the animal. A rider is disqualified if he either fails to mark out or if he touches any part of the horse or himself.

 

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