It's so amazing but also looks damn scary to me haha! I know these horses are so agile but I'd be so worried about them sliding under me :< I cannot wait for a chance to come see some authentic western stuff in the US! Thanks for sharing, even it's not perfect to a known eye it's bloody excellent to someone like me!
I both love and hate watching. I love watching the people who care about their horses and winning together. You can tell a willing partnership from a mile away.
It's the ones that view their horses as a machine to propel them to winning money and ego stroking that bother me. THOSE are the ones that think they're all that and a bag of chips, strut around like they own the rodeo grounds. It's all about them and their horse is barely an afterthought. And they don't think twice about bloodying them up with spurs.
Then you have the overly-competitive moms who can't ride, but don't think twice about strapping their young daughters to a horse that's too much for them, then shout and scream when the horse gets arena soured and the small child strapped to said horse is scared to death to try to 'make' the horse go forward. It's often their vicarious living that gets their daughters killed.
Yeah, there's regulations about stuff like that, but different associations treat it all differently - some turn a blind eye, others are great about enforcing the rule that keep everyone safe and enjoying the event.
So, if you ever do make it over here, choose your first rodeo or barrel race carefully.