Balance rider - Cowboy who rides a bucking bronc solely by balancing himself in the saddle.
Bicycling - Spurring a bronc's sides first with one foot and then with the other.
Blowing a stirrup - To lose a stirrup.
Choking the apple - To grasp the saddle horn while
contest bronc riding. This disqualifies a rider.
Clean out - When a roped calf is thrown cleanly to
the ground with its' legs out in one direction, it is described as being 'cleaned out'.
Community loop - A large loop thrown at stock by a roper.
Dallying - To take a wrap or several wraps around the horn with a rope, making it temporarily
Dog-fall - A fall of a steer in bulldogging, with its' legs doubled up
beneath it. To be timed, a steer must fall with all four legs pointing in the same direction.
End swapper - A bronc that reverses its' position in
the middle of a high buck.
High roller - A horse that leaps high in the air when bucking.
Hoolihanning- To leap on a steer in such a way that the animals head and horns are driven
into the ground. The animal turns over and must be let up and thrown by hand for eligible time.
Hotshot - A harmless electric device pressed against the hide of a bull or bronc to shock
the animal into a sudden start. Used around the loading chutes.
Neck rope - A loop around a horses neck that the catch
rope is run through after it is made fast to the saddle horn. This keeps the ropers' horse facing the calf while
he is tying it.
Pick-up man - A mounted cowboy in the arena who 'picks
up' the riders after they have completed their contest rides.
Piggin string - A short tie string with which the cowboy makes his roped stock secure.
Runaway bucker - A bronc that runs wildly from the chute and then "breaks in two" someplace
in the middle of the arena.
Spinner - A bull or horse that bucks in close, tight circles. Such animals are very difficult
Sunfishing - When a horse twists its' body violently from side to side, rolling its' belly upward
toward the sun, it is said to be sunfishing.