The Culture of The American West

Animal Factoids

  • The average bucking horse or bucking bull works less than five minutes per year in the arena.
  • Horses are generally measured in “hands.” One hand equals 4 inches.
  • Adult female horses have between 36 and 40 teeth. Adult male horses have between 40 and 44 teeth.
  • Rodeo emerged from an industry of working with the animals.
  • Rodeo contests are divided into two types; one is scored by a judge and the other is timed for speed.
  • The roping contest has originally developed from cowboys who hold cattle for doctoring.
  • Most of the animals used in Rodeos are domesticated and not actually aggressive. However, they are trained to behave that way.
  • There are rules that regulates the handling of the animals which were first put by Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 1947.
  • All professional rodeos are governed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or PRCA.
  • Bull riding has become rodeo’s most popular contest.
  • The term rodeo means to “go around” in Spanish.
  • The word Rodeo was rarely used by the American cowboy sport until the 1920s, it was rather referred to as cowboy contests.