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Saddle bronc riding is a rodeo event in which a rider tries to ride a saddled bucking horse for eight seconds.

If the rider makes a qualified ride he will receive a score for his riding skills and the horse will receive a score for its bucking skills. The two scores are added together to arrive at a total score for the ride. The highest total score determines the winner.

Please scroll down below the pictures for more information on saddle bronc riding. You might also like: Bronc halters for sale (for saddle horses, not broncs).

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A saddle bronc rider comes out of the chute


A saddle bronc rider gets off on a pickup man


A paint bronc and bronc rider


A rider makes a sudden dismount in the saddle bronc riding


Saddle bronc rider at the International Finals Rodeo (IFR)


Saddle bronc riding


Saddle bronc rider


A saddle bronc rider making a ride

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Saddle Bronc Riding Vs. Bareback Bronc Riding

In a "regular" rodeo there are two types of bronc riding: Saddle bronc riding and bareback bronc riding. Below is a description of some of the differences between the two events.

Note: There is also a type of bronc riding known as ranch bronc riding. Ranch bronc riding is associated with ranch rodeo, a type of rodeo where contestants compete in teams from ranches instead of as individuals as in a "regular" rodeo. We have photos and more information about ranch bronc riding here.

Scoring Saddle Bronc Riding

Bareback bronc riding uses the same method of scoring.

The Mark Out Rule

Both saddle bronc riding and bareback bronc riding have a rule called the "mark out" rule. The mark out rule requires the rider to have the rowels of both spurs in front of, and touching, the break of the bronc's shoulders on its first move out of the chute. The rider's feet must still be in this position when the bronc's front feet hit the ground for the first time. This is called "marking a horse out." If a bronc rider fails to mark a horse out with one or both feet they will receive a no score. The mark out rule is also called the "spur out" rule.

Under certain circumstances the mark out rule may be waived. For example, if a bronc stalls in the chute the judge may tell the rider they can "go on" or "go to the belly." This means the bronc rider can take his feet to the sides of the horse for the first jump out of the chute instead of having them over the points of the horse's shoulders. Being allowed to go to the belly waives the mark out rule for that one ride. For more information on the mark out rule, see this page: The markout rule.


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