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Bareback Riding

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What is bareback riding at a rodeo?

Bareback Riding

Bareback Riding: A horse is held in a chute, and has a cinch applied around the girth area of the horse's barrel. The rider mounts the horse from above while still in the chute. When the chute is opened, on the first jump out of the chute, the Rider must spur the horse overtop of the shoulder joint before the horse's front feet touch the ground or the Rider and the ride are disqualified. The Rider is expected to spur the horse on every consecutive jump. The Rider is to keep the free hand from touching either the horse or his person or the tack. The other hand holds onto a cinch strap that is tightened around the horse's girth area. The Ride is judged on the Rider's spur action, height and power of horse's buck or jump, and the difficulty of the horse to ride. The Rider must remain active and seated on the horse for a minimum of 8 seconds.

   

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