Today's bull riding helmets make the choice to wear protective headgear much easier than in the past. The InVinci-BULL Bull Riding Helmets are possibly the most advanced safety improvement in rodeo gear the sport of bull riding has ever seen. Not only do they drastically reduce or eliminate severe head trauma and head related life altering injuries, they are also lightweight and comfortable. InVinci-BULL's custom paint and decal options also make the helmets ideal advertising space for sponsors.
PBR has mandated helmets for all new members turning 18 on or after October 15, 2012.
Next is the protective vest, its primary purpose is to absorb shock and dissipate the blow to the body. It is also designed to protect the torso from punctures caused by direct contact with the bull's hooves and horns.
The first bull riding vest was introduced by Retired Professional Bull Rider, Cody Lambert. His desire to create the protective gear was spurred by the death of his good friend, Lane Frost in 1989. Frost was killed by a bull's horn punctured his side. The original vest was a modified jockey vest.
One of the best Bull Riding Vests in Rodeo Gear on the market today is made in the USA by Rodeo Tech. Rodeo Tech uses Dow Corning's DEFLEXION™. The vest offers the unmatched performance of Dow Corning’s® DEFLEXION™ technology as well as great styling and quality construction.
All professional bull riders must have quality Bull Riding Gloves. Gloves not only help a bull rider grip the bull rope, but also protect their hands and fingers. By far one of the very best bullriding gloves on the market today are these Premium Grade Buckskin Leather Bull Riding Gloves.
Something else every bull rider needs in their gear bag is Glyseryn Soap and Rosin. Rosin comes in Amber, Black and Super Black. Rosin helps their gloves stick to the bull rope.
To rosin a bull rope a bull rider first hangs the rope and tapes off the area he wants to rosin. There is no need to rosin the entire tail, only rosin from about the wear strip to 2 foot down. Any more than that is unecessary and will only collect dirt. Once taped off he takes a wire brush and lightly goes over the rope and handle area knocking away dirt and debris.
One of the most common tricks of the trade is to next use a Glycerine bar. Rub it on your tail and handle just before adding a small amount of Rosin. The glycerine goes on really slick, but actually helps the rosin go on better and get stickier faster. To apply the rosin to the rope, a bull rider takes a large rock of rosin in his glove and crushes it up. He then holds the rope firmly and works the rosin up and down his rope tail. The handle doesn't need to be as sticky so a quick once over is usually enough.
Another piece of Rodeo Gear a bull rider uses is called a bull rope. A bull rope is made up of a Block, Plait, Riser, Handle and Tail. It is used to help bull riders stay securely on top of the bull for the full eight seconds. Bull ropes are a flat rope usually braided from nylon. The ropes handle is typically constructed partially of leather and is braided into the rope. The most common kinds of bull ropes are the American and Brazilian.
To use a bull rope it must first be securely tied around the bull. A cowbell or two is attached to the rope so that the rope has enough weight to fall off when the ride is over. When using an American bull rope they wrap their "riding hand" by placing their hand palm up in the handle, their Pinky finger at about the middle of their back. They have someone pull their rope tight. The rope is pulled from the side their riding hand is on. Once pulled tight the rope is laid across their riding hand, wrapped behind and around their hand and ends held in the hand again with the tail hanging off the pinky side of their hand.Some riders choose to end the tail between their ring finger and pinky, this is commonly called the "Suicide Wrap" because it makes it more difficult to release the rope.
A Brazilian rope is pulled from the opposite side of their "riding hand" giving the rider a little more support on the side opposite the block.
Brazilian bull ropes are preferred by many top bull riders. Another preferred bull rope combination is 5 or 7 plait tails with a 9 plait handle.
Possibly the most striking rodeo gear on a bull rider is his chaps. Typically chaps are custom-made to suit the bull rider and his sponsors. They are usually constructed of flashy, colorful leather with a lot of decorative elements like fringe and conchos. Chaps aren't just about looking good, chaps also help protect the bull rider's legs against the bull’s horns and hooves.
Every bull rider needs good pair of boots, either cowboy boots or lace-ups. Lace-ups tend to give the ankle a little more support. No matter which is the rider's preference, the boot needs to have a ledge or lip on the heel to keep the spur from falling down. The boots also need to have reinforced heel counters, the spot on the heel where the spur fits. To get a grip and keep a hold of the bull with their feet a bull rider needs a pair of bull riding spurs with sturdy leather straps and a good set of rowels. The roller buckle style is a prefered style for spur straps. A basic 5 point conventional rowel is preferred by many top Champion bull riders.
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