There are people everywhere who love going to or participating in the rodeo. One of the most favorite events is the one that takes only 8 seconds. It is the bull riding competition and for some reason, everyone enjoys watching to see how long a man can ride on his bull. For others, those who actually ride on a bull, it is a truly challenging sport. There are rules that they must follow and every year there are little boys who want to grow up and ride bulls. Those who do not enjoy watching a man successfully ride a bull for 8 seconds may wonder why is appealing. The answer is, in many ways, because it is controversial and entertaining all at the same time.

The controversy comes because many people feel that it is a sport which is dangerous for both the animal and the rider. However, though there is some potential for injury to the bull, most rodeos take measures to prevent it from happening. Bull riders wear spurs that will not hurt the bull, shoots are designed to be safe, and even the ropes that hold the rider in place are roped into areas that will not cause the bull to feel pain. If anything, the bull is annoyed by having a rope around him and unlike other theories, the ropes are not in an area that may damage their reproductive system.

The entertainment comes from the heart pounding music and knowing that the cowboy is holding on with all his might and still may be tossed off. There is danger. It is a big 2,000-pound bull and a man who is typically less than 200 pounds. Even when the bull rider comes down, there are clowns trying to protect the rider from an irritated bull. The ride may only last a few seconds, but the suspense and the action may last much longer.

As a spectator, it is hard to not feel the excitement pumping in your blood. For the rider, it is a rush when a ride is successful. When they make the 8-second buzzer, they know that they have trained well and performed well. They have lived their dream of riding that bull. It takes strength and courage. They are dedicated to the sport and the fans who hold their breath for those 8 seconds.

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