A signature event at any rodeo, bull riding is as exciting as it is dangerous. If you’re new to the sport and don’t know how to get started, this article shares some notes on safety gear.
Keep Your Head On Straight
Bull riding helmets, says A.A. Callister’s, are not required if you are above 18. Though many professionals have gotten into the habit. Some states require minors to wear both a helmet and a facemask for protection. It’s true that a helmet and mask takes away from the traditional look of a rider. But, helmets can potentially protect you from brain damage caused by impact or getting trampled.
Head injuries are just one of the things that can potentially cause severe damage to a rider. A bull’s horns are designed to dig in and dig deep. This means your body, which has more soft spots, should be protected, too. Safety vests will help you out in that respect. Should you fall, the vest will protect you from getting puncture wounds. Safety vests are sturdy enough to keep you protected but still offer lots of mobility. They can be customized to suit your tastes.
Guard Your Hands
Bull riding gloves will keep your hands from slipping when you grip the rope. It also protects you from getting rope burn.
Boots Made for Riding
Cowboy boots are not always just for show. Some cowboy boots, especially those that are designed for bull riding, feature steel toes. This means your toes are protected in case you fall off. That said, cowboy boots are also meant to help you stay on by giving a better grip on the body of the bull.
With the exception of the helmet, most bull riding gear can be made to look more traditional. However, appearance should be the least of your worries. After all, what good would looking the part do if you lose the ability to participate in a sport you’ve come to love and enjoy?