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post #1 of 14 Old 03-22-2014, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Where do the broncos come from?

I was wondering where rodeos get the broncos? I noticed some of the horses seemed well put together and that got me to thinking. Are they just random horses that were picked to do that or...?
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-22-2014, 09:22 AM
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They're bred for it. They're not random horses, but actually well cared for (generally) and bred for the role.
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^ Pretty much. They're not necessarily "wild" either (though not all outfits handle their stock regularly). No different than a thoroughbred being bred for speed, a quarter horse being bred for cutting or a warmblood being bred for jumping, broncs are bred to be athletic and powerful so that they can get good air and good bucks in. And good conformation is helpful in promoting soundness.
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What happens to them when they don't want to (or stop) bucking? Are they sold as possible riding horses? (id take one, they are nice looking horses)
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What happens to them when they don't want to (or stop) bucking? Are they sold as possible riding horses? (id take one, they are nice looking horses)
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As a former pro bronc rider, I get tickled at the misconception that most broncs are " untamed" or "outlaw" horses. 99.9% are bred for it, they are equine athletes that love what they do! In fact most of the mares are bred to reproduce broncs, and quite often the geldings are "retired" for saddle stock. Some of the best pickup horses were broncs that didn't work out. The large majority of bucking horses are quite docile and easy to handle once the flank strap is off.

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Many years ago, at least in the Islands, broncs were horses that---yeah, bucked! If there was NH-type starting of horses, it wasn't well-known, so there was always a supply, I guess, of breaking-horse "failures".

I took lessons at a small place leased by a Marine and family, and there was a Marine rodeo every week back at the base, or somewhere, I don't recall. Anyway, when the horses didn't buck any more so well, they were sold off VERY cheap. So now you know where a lot of our school horses came from!

I'm glad they're now being bred for it. I'll say this, all those horses could jump. We didn't go high, but thinking back, and I believe they enjoyed it.
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Bronc horses are specifically bred to be broncs just as cutting horses and speed event horses are to be the best they can be I'm their designated sport. They're bred to be sturdy and powerful to excell at what they do. A well known rodeo stock breeder lives down the road from us and his stud who has won bronc horse of the year is probably the calmest most mannerly stud I have ever seen, goes to show outside of the arena when that flanks straps taken off they're not outlaws or wild.
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As for retirement I knew a girl who had two wonderful horses for her kids to show in 4H. They were both retired bronc horses and were just fantastic beginner mounts. Those kids would do some stupid stuff and all those horses would do is stand there. I remember one of the kids showed a horse in barrels, the horse slipped, kid fell off and the horse stopped and stood right beside the kid until he got back on, then walked out like it was no big deal.
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Like others have said, they are bred for it. There is a lot of draft blood mixed in there to create the sturdy, large bodies...and that generally also lends them a generally calm demeanor when they aren't "working".

As for retirement. Most the good mares are retired to broodmare status, the studs are retired to breeding status, and the geldings usually fall into 2 categories; those suitable to be re-trained as saddle mounts and those that aren't. The broncs who aren't suitable/safe to retrain but are also not strong enough buckers anymore for the pro circuit are often sold/donated to high school and college rodeo teams to be used as "trainers". These horses are generally pretty easy broncs to ride so they make good beginner broncs.
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