Riding a surprisingly agile and powerful 2,000-pound bull is rodeo’s most dangerous sport. In addition to courage, bull riding requires balance, coordination and quick reflexes. Many bulls spin or continuously circle in one area of the arena, plus a bull bucks differently than a horse, so the rider must be prepared for a downward thrust, which could throw him over the animal’s head. Bull riders must ride for 8 seconds with only a flat-braided rope pulled tight around the bull and across the gloved riding hand. The rider uses his free arm and body to counter the bull’s spins and lunges while holding on and possibly spurring with his feet. The cowboy and animal are both judged equally.