What is Steer Wrestling

Steer wrestling, sometimes called bulldogging, is known as the big man’s event. In this timed event the cowboy must jump off his horse, grab the steer by the horns, and throw him to the ground. The winner is the one who does this in the shortest time. The steer is always given a head start. To ensure this, there is a barrier in the form of a string tied across the box in which the cowboy and his horse begin their run. Once the cowboy nods his head, the steer is let out of the chute. If the cowboy leaves too early, a flag is tripped and a 10-second penalty is added to the time of the run. Another horse/rider team, called a hazer, leaves from a box on the other side of the steer. His job is to keep the steer running straight, thus helping the steer wrestler make a clean catch. It usually takes a run of three or four seconds to win, or even be in the money.

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