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For information on why bucking bulls exit the arena through a gate located near the bucking chutes, please see our brief article beneath the pictures.

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A bull rider hangs on as a red bull leaves the chute


Bull Riding: A yellow bull bucks with a bull rider

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A spotted bull bucks and kicks with a rider


A bull rider rides a red brock-faced bull


A black speckled bull takes his rider high into the air

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Bull Riding And The Return Gate: Why The Bulls Exit Where They Do

Have you ever noticed that when a bull ride is over the bulls are always let out of the arena through a gate (the "return" gate) located near the bucking chutes? This is because rodeo stock contractors want to help their bulls buck their best, and the gate a bucking bull uses to exit the arena is very important in helping him perform well.

Before we explain why the location of the return gate is so important, let's remember the basics of how bull riding is scored: A bull earns half of the total score for a bull ride and the bull rider earns the other half. The half earned by the bull will be higher if he bucks well instead of poorly, and the half earned by the bull rider will also be higher if the bull bucks well and requires more skill to ride.

So what does this have to do with where the return gate is located? Bucking bulls that buck while covering very little ground usually buck better - and therefore earn higher scores - than those that travel down the arena. If a bull knows that the return gate is near the bucking chutes it adds to his incentive to leave the chute and buck right where he is, close to the gate he knows he's going to leave through.

On the other hand, if the bull were to be let out of the arena through a gate far away from the bucking chutes he would quickly learn to travel down the arena toward the far-away gate while he bucks, thereby earning lower scores for himself and his rider.


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