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Saddle Bronc

To qualify, the rider must have his spurs over the break of the shoulders until the horse completes his first jump out of the chute. He will be disqualified for touching any part of the animal or equipment, for losing a stirrup or for getting bucked off. Each event requires a key component to achieve success, for saddle bronc, this is maintaining a good rhythm. In time with the bronc's bucking action, the rider spurs from the animal's neck, using a full swing, towards the back of the saddle with his toes pointed outwards. The equipment required by the saddle bronc competitor includes his own CPRA-approved saddle, spurs with dull rowels, leather chaps and a braided rein. The length of the rein is crucial, as it can mean the difference between staying on the bronc for the full 8 seconds, or being tossed off. By adjusting his grip carefully, the cowboy can maintain his balance, and hopefully prevent himself from being pulled out of the saddle and over the front end of the horse.