Rodeo Superstitions


Some say every day is Friday the 13th when it comes to rodeo contestants.

In pursuit of their risky livelihoods, the contestants don't need Friday the 13th as a reminder to be vigilant against violating traditional taboos. But for cowboys on the rodeo circuit, there are more than black cats and broken mirrors to be reckoned with.


This tired cowpoke looks as if he might have forgotten the superstitions for having a good day in the rodeo arena.

Don't eat peanuts in the arena. If someone does, they need to hop around a box stall for 20 minutes and clapping "Yankee Doodle Dandy" to reverse the curse of carelessly discarded nut hulls.

Putting one's boots on a shelf is an invitation to disaster and finding a pair there already is a bad omen.

Should some item of clothing be put on backward, to take it off again and put it on right portends trouble.

A saddle bronc rider always puts his right foot in the stirrup first.

Don't wear yellow shorts at a rodeo.

Don't place your hat on a bed. If you do, the only way to get the hex off it is to throw it on the floor and stomp on it.

Don't kick a cup that someone has thrown on the ground in the arena.

Barrel racers wear two different color socks for good luck.

Don't rodeo with change in your pocket, or that is all you will win.

Eat a hot dog for good luck before you go into the arena.

Certain shirts, pants or hats bring good luck.

After a particularly good ride, a bronc rider will tie some of the hair from that bronc into his bronc rein.

It's bad luck to take a man's last cigarette or pinch.

When traveling alone, a calf roper will load his calf horse on the passenger side of the trailer.

Don't peel the label off a beer bottle -- it's bad luck.

If you borrow a piece of gear from someone, always return it the same way you got it.

Don't read your horoscope the day of a mount, it will get you thinking too much.

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