Every single day in the rodeo world, we hear that dreaded question,”so, do they tie the bulls genitals with the second rope?’. The simple answer is…NO!
The rope that everyone is talking about is the flank rope. The flank rope, also known as a flank strap, is generally a soft cotton rope that is used to enhance the bucking motion of the bull.
Just like horses, bulls have a flank area between the stomach and the hind quarters, which is sensitive to them. If you touch the flank of a bull with the tip of your finger the skin will often flinch. The flank strap is placed on the flank of the bull, and is used to be an annoyance to the bull, so as he bucks he is attempting to kick the flank rope off. The placement of the flank rope can often determine which way the bull will spin. If the rope is pulled forward and placed over the right hip, it has a tendency to aggravate the opposite side more and the bull should spin to the left, and the opposite for the right. This rope is just pulled snug, not tight. The MOST important thing to know is, the flank rope DOES NOT hurt the bovine athlete.
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