Tips on mechanical bull riding

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At Big Al’s Country Club in Post Falls, Idaho, one of the feature attractions is the mechanical bull that is nested in the bar’s center. Aspiring riders, decked out in their denim jeans, plaid shirt and Stetson hat, will approach the pit with the hopes of conquering the steel beast. Sadly, all of the riders who step up to the challenge and try to ride the bull, end up being thrown from the beast’s back.

Here are some tips for staying on that mechanical bull.

1. Hold on with both hands – Don’t be afraid to grab the mechanical bull’s reins and hold on with both hands. Although it may appear as impressive as a rider who can ride while holding on the reins with one hand, you will have less of a chance of being thrown from the saddle.

2. Pretend the floor is lava – Forget about the wrestling mat covering the floor. Now, imagine that you are surrounded by boiling lava that will melt your skin the moment you fall in the water. This will instill a fear in you to hold on for your dear life.

3. Wrap your legs around the bull – As the bull bucks back and forth, your hands may slip from the reins. To prevent yourself from falling, keep those legs wrapped around the base of the beast. Although you may uncontrollably sway back and forth, as if you were on a roller coaster  you will still have some control and will have less of a chance of falling.

4. Practice makes perfect – When you get knocked off of the bull, you get back on. Although some newer riders can have an easy time staying on the bull, there are people whose longest time riding a mechanical bull lasts 7.5 seconds. Still, all you need to do is practice. The more you ride the bull, the more of a chance you will have to adapt to some of its movements. You might even develop some moves of your own to conquer the beast.

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About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.

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