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Whether you like the rodeo or not, there are many lessons we can learn about preparedness from the rodeo. Here are 3 lessons that I could think of.

1. The rodeo usually features a series of roping competitions, for example tie-down roping, steer roping and team roping. The objective is to get the loop of the rope around horns or legs of a moving animal. It’s definitely a very difficult challenge. What can we learn here? Well, practice makes perfect. Whether it’s starting fire from scratch or tying a tourniquet around a wound, practice practice practice!

2. Have you ever heard of the phrase “taking the bull by the horns”? The phrase originated from steer wrestling (also known as “Bulldogging”) this is a rodeo event where the rider jumps off his horse onto a steer and ‘wrestles’ it to the ground. It’s all about precision and timing, not about brute strength. In an emergency situation, you need to make tough decisions, not just about what to do, but also when to do it. If all fails, go for gut instinct.

3. The arguably most famous rodeo act is bronc riding, where a rider tries to stay on a wild horse as long as possible. Aside from having a great sense of balance, what you really need is the ability to remain calm at all times.

So, have you booked your Houston Rodeo concert tickets yet? The 2008 Houston Rodeo is a unique series of shows where every day’s rodeo events are followed by a music concert. You get to see some of the biggest names in country, rock, hip hop and latin music. The next Houston Rodeo runs from March 3rd to March 22nd 2008.

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