I recall going to the Cowtown Rodeo when I was a young teen. Not sure who I was there with–Girl Scouts? Girlfriends? I do remember not sitting in the bleachers, not even watching the rodeo. Young, silly girls are more interested in young, silly boys–I guess.
I don’t know why the bulls have tags on their ears. Perhaps the numbers represent the owner or identification for the rider. The rodeo’s been here for fifty-seven years and is on the professional rodeo circuit.
The noun ‘rodeo’ is derived from the Spanish verb ‘rodear’ which means ‘to surround.’ So technically, ‘rodeo’ would mean: I surround or I round-up.
I know the rodeo has been around for centuries, but I’m not enamored of the treatment of the animals in this sport. What’s your opinion?
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