Well another day of rodeo is in the books and you are currently leading the bull riding and its time to party. So you throw on them freshly starched jeans and newly shined boots round up the boys and head to the local watering hole. The place is rockin you got a cold beer in your hand and you see a group of girls looking your way, what could honestly go wrong now this night is perfect. But then out of nowhere some local idiot in his corona hat stops you and says “So your a Cowboy eh” trying to not lose sight of that group of girls you simply answer with “yes I am, I ride bulls”, the idiot replies with ” a bull rider eh that’s pretty badass” he then tells you about that one time he rode that crazy bull at his friends uncles farm for 30seconds and he was way bigger than anything he has ever seen. Trying your best to be entertained by the idiots conversation you slowly start moving away to end the conversation. But all that fails when he asks you the dumbest question in the rodeo world, “hey how do they tie up the bulls nuts”….
Anyone who knows anything about rodeo knows this is the cream of the crop when it comes to stupid questions and it is one that I and every bull rider out there has dealt with a thousand times! Like honestly how stupid can people be? Mind you if you wear one them corona hats and consider it a cowboy hat I guess there is not much hope you anyways, but lets be serious.
This question can be dealt with a few ways. You can walk away shaking your head or you can stand there and explain the flank strap and proper breeding to him. In hopes of curing all the idiots out there who may read RidingHide I am going throw some knowledge on everyone.
Much like race horses who are bread specifically to race, rodeo bulls are bread to buck. Before a calf is even on the ground his genetic make up is already determined by his owner. I know everyone went through that awkward sex-ed class in school so you all know that with all living things genetics are your general make-up. In order to have a top of the line bucking bull you need proper breeding. For example, the top bucking bull in the world right now is Bushwacker , if you want one his calves or sons you would find a cow to breed him to. Personally I put as much stress on the sire(bull) as I do on the cow. With this genetic make-up you will likely get yourself an impressive animal athlete.
However, breeding isn’t everything. From a very young age bulls start to buck in competitions. While very young they will not have a cowboy on their backs until they are older. Stock Contractors will use a machine to mimic a cowboy on their backs. Older bulls do not use this machine because they are already in rodeos and buck with cowboys every weekend. The one and only item that both young and old bulls use is a bucking flank or flank strap.
The flank strap is the key ingredient used to make bulls buck. This cotton piece of rope sits in front of a bulls hips and is tightened seconds before the bull is released from the chutes. The flank strap in NO WAY HURTS THE BULL! I did capitalize that because animal rights people all over the world seem to think that bulls get injured during this and I can promise you the bull is not hurt whatsoever, to read more on the care and safety of our animal athletes please visit an older post of mine titled Animal Welfare .The main purpose for the flank strap is do insure that bull will kick straight out instead of under his belly. After the bull is done bucking and exits the arena the flank strap is removed and thrown on the next bull.
Below is a video from Hall of Fame bull rider JW Hart explaining the method of the flank strap!
The flank strap is not wrapped around the bulls testicles in any way, and stock contractors take care of their bulls probably better then most people take care of their kids. Aside from the information applied in this entry it is completely moronic to think that anyone would be dumb enough to get near a bulls testicles, and who the hell would volunteer for such a thing. Naturally bulls do not like people anywhere near them let alone allow them to fondle the family jewels. I mean would you enjoy a rope wrapped tightly around your testicles? Probably not!
So the next time you find yourself in a idiotic conversation and this is the topic you have my permission to unleash the wrath of knowledge that I just supplied and if you cannot get them to agree with you feel free to pass on my information because I would love to see a corona hat wearing yuppie attempt to tie a rope around a bulls testicles!!!
Let Er Buck