These are LARGE, professional bulls, bred for the task. The cowboys risk having their heads pulped, legs broken, collar-bones snapped, shoulders dislocated (saw one of those) and assorted other less serious injuries. And they do it for peanuts. The top prize for this event, which featured the best bull-riders in the country, was $25,000. In baseball, the New York Mets Pedro Martinez gets $25,000 for pitching to a single fucking batter. Next time Pedro talks about being shown "respect" (he used to mouth off about that a lot when he was pitching for the BoSox) I suggest somebody sit him on top of a 2500 pound bull and pop the gate open.