As I promised, here are two series of photographs that show just how dangerous bull riding can be. (As if you needed any more convincing)
The first is one that shows just the general danger to all involved.
If I were that cameraman, I would be very glad for that fence right about now…
The next one shows how dangerous it is, not just for the riders, but for the clowns, or in this case, bullfighters, as well.
If you’ll notice, the guy got his hand tangled in the rope. The bull is still bucking, thrashing and running around, so not only is the guy getting dragged with him, he’s in danger of getting at least a broken arm if he doesn’t get free.
This is why the bullfighters are so important. They rush in to help, and try to distract the bull.
You can’t see it well, but the rider has just freed himself. Now is where it gets scary for the bullfighter.
He was VERY lucky this time. The bull ran over him, but his hooves missed stepping on him.
Yeah. I won’t be standing in line at the rodeo clown hiring headquarters any time soon…