Originally Posted by Phantom Horse
I never understood calf-roping either... It's just one of life's mysteries I guess.
There isn't much to understand. It's a fact of life on the range - the way they handle calves to be doctored. Like most events at a rodeo, cowboys got together to see who was better at their trade then the other guy and that was what started the rodeo.
Barrel racing, pole bending, etc, are games for the most part, having no practical use on a ranch. That doesn't make them useless - on the contrary, it shows dexterity, training, and agility on the part of the horse and rider.