So, a bull rider has arrived at a rodeo, has drawn their bull, and found it. Next the bull rider will set up their gear. The rider will pick a spot of fence out on the bull pens, and will begin hanging their gear up on the fence. Once everything is hung up, they will start to prepare their bull rope. Some riders undo the knot in their bull rope each time after they ride. The knot is what adjusts the size of the bull rope. Others will leave the bull rope set where it is after the ride, and just adjust it at the next rodeo. Either way the rodeo athlete will adjust their rope at this point to be the size they need to match up with the bull they are riding at that event. There is no exact measurement to know how big or small to make the rope, but you guesstimate, and with time comes experience, and the rider gets very good at eyeballing it.
Once the rope is adjusted the rider will take a wire brush to the tail of the rope to clean off any rosin, or residue left over from the previous rodeo, and travels. The rider brushes it off up, and down the rope making sure to get everything off the rope possible, then the same process on the opposite side of the rope. Next the rider will apply saddle soap. They do this by taking a bar of saddle soap, and rubbing it on the tail of the rope. Once the saddle soap is applied they will then put their riding glove on, and rub the saddle soap into the rope with their glove on to help work the saddle soap into the rope, keeping it conditioned. Now it’s time to apply the rosin onto the bull rope. The bull rider does this by taking a “rock” of rosin in their hand with their glove on. The rider then rubs the rock along the tail of the rope. The rider will put their preferred amount of rosin on the rope. The transfer of rosin sticks to the rope due to the heat caused by rubbing it on to the rope. you will repeat this entire process with the handle of the rope.
Now that the rope is set, the bull rider still has some preparation work to do, but they all do it in different orders, so I will tell you the order that I prepared for a ride in. After the rope being set the rider will change into their riding pants. Next the rider will either put their riding boots on, which has spurs attached to them, or the rider will attach their spurs to their boots. The rest of the time is spent stretching, mentally preparing for the ride, and/or helping other riders with their chute procedures.
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