How to Get Started Riding Bulls
By Wiley Petersen
One day I got an email from Ty. He wanted to know how he could ride a bull while minimizing the risk of getting hurt. He was a fifty-year-old guy who had a good job as a salesman. He was not interested in becoming a bull rider, but he wanted to have the experience of riding a bull.
We get many emails similar to the one we got from Ty. Most people have no idea how to get started in bull riding. Some people want to ride a bull just to say they have done it. Other people are curious to see if they have what it takes to become possibly a professional. ne day I got an email from Ty. He wanted to know how he could ride a bull while minimizing the risk of getting hurt. He was a fifty-year-old guy who had a good job as a salesman. He was not interested in becoming a bull rider, but he wanted to have the experience of riding a bull.
I have no idea how someone would get started as a motocross rider other than going out, buying a motorcycle, and start jumping it. Sounds dangerous! Bull riding is the same as any other extreme sport. You should learn the right way before you take the risk of riding a bull.
Bull riding is what I consider the original extreme sport. It started with ranch cowboys trying to prove who was the toughest and has evolved into what you see today at rodeos and bull riding events across the North and South American Continents. The danger and fast pace of bull riding make it a very fun sport to watch.
Some see bull riding and immediately want to know how someone becomes a bull rider. One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is from people wanting to know how to get started riding bulls. If you are one of those restless souls that think bull riding would be something to try, I will explain the steps to take to have the best bull riding experience ever.
Before you ever slide down onto an 1800 pound bull to attempt to make the eight-second whistle, there are few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, you are going to be riding an animal that you do not control, and he (bulls are male) does not particularly like you. Bulls are aggressive and most, but not all, find it amusing to try to horn you or step on you once you are on the ground. Therefore, you must accept the risk that you are taking.
Another thing you need to consider is what your intentions are for riding bulls. Some people want to ride a bull to cross it off their bucket list. Others wish to see if they have what it takes to become a competitive bull rider to win buckles and prize money.
Before you start learning the fundamentals of bull riding, you need to get in good physical condition. By being in better physical condition, you reduce the risk of being injured substantially. The older you are, the more important it will be that you are in good physical condition.
If you are not sure how to get started working out, you can check out our articles about working out at www.BullRiderCoach.com. Depending on your fitness level, you may need to take 1 to 2 months to get in decent bull riding shape. It would be wise to hire a personal trainer if you are new to fitness so that you exercise safely.
If you are at a more advanced fitness level, you can purchase our Cowboy Fit workout DVD created specifically for bull riders at our website’s store. No matter how fit you are, keep in mind that you will be sore after you ride a bull because you use muscles that don’t usually get used.
While you are busy getting into bull riding shape, you can watch our videos and read our articles to begin to learn the basic technique of bull riding. We also have bull riding drills that you can do to start forming muscle memory for bull riding.
The next step to take is to attend a bull riding clinic where you will learn the basics of bull riding including equipment, chute procedure, how to ride, and how to dismount by a qualified instructor. I naturally recommend you attend one of our clinics, but if you choose to go to a different clinic, make sure the instructor(s) have the credentials.
Many people do not realize that bulls have various levels of athleticism much like people do. Some bulls buck harder than others. Therefore, you will want to make sure that the bulls at the clinic you attend are beginner level bulls. A beginner bull rider trying to ride a professional caliber bull is like a beginner football player going up against an NFL player…it’s not a good idea.
If your intention was just to get the experience of riding a bull, congratulations, you have just done something that few people have done. If your intention was to begin the journey to becoming a competitive bull rider, you are well on your way.
You will need to take what you learned at the bull riding clinic and begin to put it into practice. Continue to exercise and get in the best physical condition as you can. We also highly recommend you get one of our Pro Bull Trainers so that you can do bull riding drills every day.
Doing sport-specific drills creates muscle memory and will help you excel much faster. You should also find a place where you can ride practice bulls as often as possible. Keep in mind that you should only ride bulls that are at your level of experience.
It is important that you set some goals, continue to work hard, and help other people learn what you’ve learned. If you have more questions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless!