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    03-07-2013, 01:55 AM
  #11
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Originally Posted by 6gun Kid    
I rode bareback horses, for about a dozen years from the early eighties to the mid nineties. At 5 foot 200+ lbs I gotta say you are probably a bit big for roughstock. Not too terribly many bareback riders that tall, I was one of the taller ones in my association and I am 5'8", so hardly a giant. Same is mostly true for bull riding. Strength plays a big part of it, but your center of gravity and leverage play a bigger part.
That being said there are 6 footers out there in all 3 roughstock disciplines, and in my experience most of those were saddle bronc riders, and they tended to be more on the leggy, lanky side.
Whatever you decide I applaud your decision to go to Sankey's school, smart move, you will learn a lot from Lyle and his staff. I know I did, and I had been riding bucking horses for years before I attended, if you do decide to go with bareback horses, Marvin and Mark Garrett as well as Lance Crump both put on excellent bareback schools
Hey 6 gun thanks alot for the info and response. I know I am a big dude. I am going to get down to about 190 so that's like 20lbs and I only got a month and half to do it but I know how to diet and workout so I can meet that goal. I paid for the bareback already so probably have to do that. I heard saddlebronc was really hard because of the addition of the saddle? Is that true? I was unaware it would be better for bigger guys like myself...maybe I should ask lyle if I can switch to SB...I just really like the look of BB and not many ppl do it and Im the type of guy who wants to do what everyone else is not. I am also going to try to get into a good steer wrestling school in the future that might be a good event for me. And yes I am very excited...I really wanna rodeo, its in my blood my whole family does it but my dads a drunk and a drug addict so he never taught me much when I was young. This is something I always wanted to do and I don't care if I make it big or not I just wanna rodeo.
     
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    03-07-2013, 07:20 AM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by nate1989    
.I just really like the look of BB and not many ppl do it and Im the type of guy who wants to do what everyone else is not.
That's the main reason I did it as well, my hs rodeo team had 20+ bullriders, probably 10 saddlebronc riders, and I was the only full time bb rider. There were 2 others that did bareback but only so they could compete for all around. Ill happily answer any questions you have. I only wish I joined the forum earlier, because I could have made you a hell of a deal on equipment. Unfortunately I sold most of it to a friend of my
Son's about a month ago.
Do you have your own gear? If not you might check ebay. Otherwise I heartily endorse Barstow pro rodeo.
Bareback Riding Gear : Barstow Pro Rodeo Equipment, Inc.
Hennessy/Hogue also makes great riggings and gloves
Bob blackwood makes great rodeo spurs, but id stay away from his riggings.
The best rigging I ever owned, and was the one I just sold was a Raymond Hulin rigging, but I heard he died. Good luck and listen to Lyle, he has forgotten more about rodeo that most top competitors today ever knew, and tell him Tully Heath said hi, and if you ever rodeo in SE Texas gimme a call, Ill come pull your rigging.
     
    03-07-2013, 11:45 AM
  #13
Yearling
Around here it is the opposite. Bare back a bulls are a dime a dozen. A saddle bronc rider is hard to find. My favorite is the saddle bronc. I just like the finesse and timing it takes. I wish I would have done it when I was younger. I got hired on the fire dept at 20 so I wasn't going to risk agood career getting beat up. I take enough beating at work plus I'm kind of a big guy myself. 6'2" 225

I say try both and see which you like. It may be that you are to big to be good at it. You may also be one of those freaks of nature that can do it despite your size. Kind of like Spud Webb in the nba. He was what 5' 10 or something like that and running circles around those 6'10 - 7' guys.
     
    03-07-2013, 01:34 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by 6gun Kid    
That's the main reason I did it as well, my hs rodeo team had 20+ bullriders, probably 10 saddlebronc riders, and I was the only full time bb rider. There were 2 others that did bareback but only so they could compete for all around. Ill happily answer any questions you have. I only wish I joined the forum earlier, because I could have made you a hell of a deal on equipment. Unfortunately I sold most of it to a friend of my
Son's about a month ago.
Do you have your own gear? If not you might check ebay. Otherwise I heartily endorse Barstow pro rodeo.
Bareback Riding Gear : Barstow Pro Rodeo Equipment, Inc.
Hennessy/Hogue also makes great riggings and gloves
Bob blackwood makes great rodeo spurs, but id stay away from his riggings.
The best rigging I ever owned, and was the one I just sold was a Raymond Hulin rigging, but I heard he died. Good luck and listen to Lyle, he has forgotten more about rodeo that most top competitors today ever knew, and tell him Tully Heath said hi, and if you ever rodeo in SE Texas gimme a call, Ill come pull your rigging.
Thanks Tully Ill definitely tell lyle you said hi, as for equipment I don't have any yet but when I firefight this summer Ill have money coming out of my ears so Im going to get my equipment and probably go to another school for SB or BR. Ill definitely check into the rigging equipment and spurs you reccomended. As for texas my cousin lives in dallas so I am moving down their next summer when I graduate...hopefully I can rodeo their. As for rodeo's can you just pay entry fees and ride? I mean most people back in the day did just that in order to learn correct? After I get my equipment and practice a bunch of course. By the way my names Nathan Small...know any Small's?
     
    03-07-2013, 09:07 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by nate1989    
. As for rodeo's can you just pay entry fees and ride?
Yes...and No. If you are rodeoing at an open show, yep just show up and pay your fees. Usually very small shows and low entry fees, but also a small payout. I have ridden in a thousand of them. As you progress, you will want to join an association. A smaller one at first, then work your way up to the big un the PRCA.
If you are going to be in Dallas, I'd look into the CPRA (was a member for years). It covers Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mexico. But you have to join which means filling out a membership application and pay your dues. CPRA Rodeo- Cowboy's Professional Rodeo Association - Dayton, TX
Then you are able to pay your fees and ride at any CPRA show. My advice is stay with the CPRA until you start placing in the money 50% of the time. Then get your PRCA permit, that comes with a whole lotta rules. So visit ProRodeo.Com - Official Home Page Of The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association: Bareback Riding, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Saddle-Bronc Riding, Steer Roping, Bull Riding . I hope this helps
     
    03-13-2013, 10:03 PM
  #16
Foal
Hey 6gun. After talking with various people including my uncles who all used to rodeo they think I would be more suited for saddle bronc and I think maybe too. I just thought it was "harder" not saying any of them are easy but my uncles know their stuff so going to try out the saddle bronc wish me luck and any tips?
     
    03-13-2013, 10:08 PM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by nate1989    
hey 6gun. After talking with various people including my uncles who all used to rodeo they think I would be more suited for saddle bronc and I think maybe too. I just thought it was "harder" not saying any of them are easy but my uncles know their stuff so going to try out the saddle bronc wish me luck and any tips?
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    03-13-2013, 10:11 PM
  #18
Weanling
Man, I wish you all the best. Saddle bronc is as much an art as a skill. The only advice I can offer is to an old hand to buddy up and haul with. I learned a lot just going down the road with experienced hands.
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    03-19-2013, 08:03 PM
  #19
Foal
Just like they say "left hand is a no no in rodeo" being as tall as you are ( I'm 6'2 ) there are quite a few disadvantages of being taller in my opinion. ( center of gravity isn't as good ) Just took the Sankey basic bull riding quiz and they say whatever height you are is what you have to work with. Same with your weight. The school offers all roughstock events and will let you try them all. I knew I wanted to rope the first time I caught my first set of horns and that's what I'm going with. Go with your gut you'll know when your sitting in the chute waiting for the gate to open. Best of luck to you.
     
    06-01-2013, 10:07 AM
  #20
Foal
I like to wear a taller boot, is that bad for bareback and does rubber sole matter with bareback?
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