Rodeo Misconceptions People Regularly Believe

Whoever’s been to a rodeo event knows there isn’t anything like it on Earth. A lot of people talk about rodeos, and “wrong” facts have persisted about the sport throughout the years. Let’s take a look at some of them.

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Every rodeo is the same.

The widespread misconception is often rooted in popular media such as movies and TV shows. Many people think rodeos are all about one man sitting on a wild animal, and trying to stay on. But there are a few other events aside from bull, and saddle and bareback bronc riding. You have steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and tie-down roping.

Rodeo clowns are bullfighters, and bullfighters are rodeo clowns.

In the arena floor of a rodeo event, you’ll see contestants, judges, pick-up men, and a few people who look like clowns. They’re men with painted faces. There are two types of painted-faced men – clowns and bullfighters. Clowns entertain the crowd. Bullfighters help bull riders exit the arena after dismounting from the bull.

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Rodeo animals are wild.

It’s easy to consider rodeo animals as wild animals what with all the explosive movements to get rid of their riders. But no. These animals live their lives in ranches all across the country. They’re still herded by cowboys on horses, much like farmed animals.

John Kleinheinz, PR photographer from Fort Worth. One of the things I love about living in Texas is the rodeo. Got any rodeo stories or snapshots for me? Let me know on Twitter.

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