Steer Wrestling

Steer wrestling didn’t come from daily ranch activities, as a lot of the other events in the rodeo.  However, it does have wild west roots.  It’s written that an entertainer was attempting to stop a steer that was running away, and ended up wrestling it to the ground.  Thus, steer wrestling began!  In today’s event, the steer is released with a hazer ensuring that it will run in a straight line.  Then the wrestler, or bulldogger, attempts to catch up with the steer on horseback.  As the wrestler approaches the steer they will lean off of their horse and grab onto the steer’s neck and horns.  They attempt to pull the steer down by its nose to throw it off balance.  Once three of the four legs are off the ground, the time stops!  The pros can wrestle longhorns to the ground in 3-10 seconds!

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