How Much Do You Know About Rodeo Lingo?

By: Becky Stigall
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About This Quiz

Cowboys, clowns and ropers... oh my! These rodeo riders have a way of talking that only they understand. If you think you can keep up, take this quiz!

An animal that really pulls at the rider's arm is called what?

An animal that really pulls at the rider's arm is called an arm jerker. These are horses and bulls with a great deal of power.

When an animal bucks right out of the gate, that's known as what?

A bail out happens when an animal bucks right out of the gate. The horse is high-strung, so watch out!

A rodeo critter who doesn't have muck kick is called a _______.

A rodeo critter who doesn't have much kick is called a blooper. These animals prance and jump, but don't back it up with much power.

A rodeo animal that doesn't kick until he is away from the gate _______ _____.

A horse or bull that blows up doesn't start his serious work until he shoots out of the chute.

To use spurs on an animal is to do what?

To use spurs on an animal is to boot the bull. Riders are not required to use this tactic.

Riding through the gate too soon is called what?

Riding through the gate too soon is called breaking the barrier. This will result in a penalty.

An animal without much fight is called a _______.

An animal without much fight is called a Bufford. These rodeo critters are easy to rope, ride, and throw.

Roping with no rules is called what?

Roping with no rules is called catch as catch can. The roper just has to release the loop when he throws it and the rope has to hold the calf.

Which of the following is a type of rodeo race?

Chasing the cans is a type of rodeo race. It is barrel racing.

An animal that fights before leaving the chute is called what?

An animal that fights before leaving the chute is called a chute fighter. These bulls begin fighting before they even clear the gate.

A critter that just can't quite buck is known as what?

A critter that just can't quite buck is known as a dink. These animals jump, kick and run, but don't really buck.

A steer that stops is called a _______.

A steer that stops is called a dragger. These steers stop after being roped.

An accidental catch is called _______.

An accidental catch is called fishing. This is a legal move.

A rodeo horse that bounces is called what?

A rodeo horse that bounces is called a floater. These critters jump with all four legs.

Getting clotheslined by a bull might also be called what?

Getting clotheslined by a bull might also be called getting freight trained. This can happen when a bull runs over a clown at high speed.

Which move may result in the disqualification of the rider?

Grabbing the apple may result in the disqualification of the rider. The free hand cannot touch anything during the ride.

Which of the following is a position in team roping?

Header is a position in team roping. This team member is responsible for roping the animal around the horns, head or neck.

Which of the following is a position in team roping?

Heeler is a position in team roping. This team member is responsible for roping the animal's hind legs.

Which of the following is a name given to a difficult animal?

Honker is a name given to a difficult animal. These animals are hard to ride.

What term refers to a bull who is handy with his horns?

The term hooky refers to a bull who is handy with his horns.

A horse that kicks in the wrong direction is called what?

A horse that kicks in the wrong direction is called a lunger. These horses kick inward rather than to the back.

Which side of a horse is the off side?

The right side of a horse is the off side.

What does a roper use to tie the hooves?

Ropers use piggin' strings to tie the hooves. Piggin' strings are short, soft ropes.

Which of the following is part of a spur?

A rowel is a part of a spur. It is the freewheeling part.

A shifting horse is called a _______.

A shifting horse is called a scooter. These horses pivot instead of kick.

A cowboy who comes off the saddle lets the audience do what?

A cowboy who comes off the saddle lets the audience see daylight. Daylight is the space between the rider and the animal.

A bull who tries to spear the rider is called a _______.

A bull who tries to spear the rider while he's on the ground is called a slinger. These bulls try to use their head and/or horns to do the job.

A left or right leaning animal might be called what?

A left or right leaning animal might be called a spinner. These animals head immediately left or right upon leaving the chute.

A horse that kicks to the side is called a _______.

A horse that kicks to the side is called a sunfisher. These horses kick to the side with all four legs.

A steer wrestler is known as a __________.

A steer wrestler is known as a bulldogger.

The pen that holds the animal is called what?

The pen that holds the animal is called the chute. A chute must be heavy-duty.

Which individual makes good use of barrels during a ride?

A barrelman may use barrels to distract a bull and/or protect a rider.

A preliminary competition is called what?

A preliminary competition is called a slack competition. These might take place before the official competition, or just earlier in the day because there are too many events to showcase in the evening show.

What chute worker wants the animal to buck?

Flankmen adjust the flank straps on each animal to encourage them to buck in the chute.

What individual makes sure the steer runs straight?

A hazer makes sure the steer runs straight by riding on the right side of the steer.

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