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What It Takes To Be a Rough Stock Rider

Listen, if you’re anything like me then the idea of getting on an animal that weighs up to ten times more than you is terrifying. Well for some athletes, it isn’t. In fact, they do this for a living. Whether it be saddle bronc, bareback or bull riding, it takes a certain kind of athlete to decide that is the right path for them. From an outsider looking in perspective, here are a few things we think it takes to be a rough stock rider.

1. Grit

This quality is at the top of our list because without it, the rest of them null and void. Regardless of what you’re riding, when you get on your animal, you know you run the risk of getting hurt. And you know each time you are going to hit the ground (or the fence), it takes a lot to decide that you are going to get back on time after time.

2. You Have To Want It

This one may have you scratching your head, but I guarantee that there aren’t any cowboys or cowgirls out there riding rough stock that don’t want it or don’t like it. This isn’t a career or hobby that you can do in your spare time. Riding rough stock takes consistent dedication, not only to your skill but also to your body.

3. Mentor

Regardless of who it is, having someone to help you record your rides, give pointers and support you is crucial in your journey of being a rough stock rider. If you ask any of the rough stock riding legends, they all learned from someone else. Not to mention, you can skip the mistakes they made and go right to improving your riding with their mentorship.

4. Laser Focus & Nerves of Steel

Now bear with me for this next one, most cowboys and cowgirls need something to keep their minds sharp and nerves under control when riding. This typically looks like either cigarettes or dip of some kind. Thankfully, our friends at Fully Loaded Chew now have a tobacco-free chew that keeps your brain sharp and nerves under control. With all the great flavors that you are used to, you can now enjoy the dip you love without the tobacco!

About Fully Loaded Chew

Fully Loaded Chew is a tobacco-free chew that has the great pack, spit, and buzz you’re looking for. This came about when the company realized that most tobacco-free products just weren’t making the cut, so the team at Fully loaded created a perfect dip that would pack, spit and buzz the way they wanted. Available world-wide, Fully Loaded Chew is available at select retailers or you can even order it on Amazon from the comfort of your home!

Fully Loaded is for all types of chewers. They offer options to customize the nicotine content in your chew to just where you want it as well as providing all the flavors of chew that you are used to. Their motto?

Full Satisfaction. Full Flavor. FULLY LOADED.

Learn more by heading to their website or checking them on your favorite social media platform.

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Hi everyone! I'm Krysta Paffrath, I am a proud Arizona native who has a passion for everything business and rodeo. I am beyond thrilled to be the Editor in Chief for Cowboy Lifestyle Network. With my background in digital marketing and rodeo, this was a natural fit for me to join the team. My adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit has guided me to work in many places like the WYO Quarter Horse Ranch in Thermopolis, Wyoming, a working cattle ranch in Seligman, Arizona, and many places in between. I am passionate about preserving the western way of life and working with different brands and rodeos to make that happen. If you're looking for a write-up, please shoot me an email at Learn more about me at Looking forward to hearing from you!

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