Matt Triplett is only 23-years-old, but he is already the third best professional bull rider in the world. And eight seconds is all he needs to get a high score. Triplett says it’s all about maintaining control and using your hips. That sounds nice.
I had once heard that in order to make a bull buck, someone has to tie a rope around the bull’s man-parts and then tug the rope off quickly, which sounds painful and awful. It turns out this is completely false. Yes, there are two ropes involved in bull riding, but no pain is inflicted on the bull. Instead, one rope is tied around the bull towards its upper body (this is how the bull rider holds onto the bull with one hand) and a second rope is tied around their lower body, which just kind of annoys the bull. It doesn’t hurt, but the bull just wants this lower rope off of him. I guess it’s kind of like swatting an annoying mosquito. And according to Matt, some of these bulls are worth over $200,000 – so these riding bulls are treated like royalty.
I also inquired after the safety and protection of Triplett’s own man-parts. He said they were safe, unless the bull steps on them. Eek.