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5 Superstitions That Rule the Rodeo

Although cowboys and cowgirls make the rodeo look easy, we all know their tasks at hand are hard to pull off. Not only do they exhibit hard work and skill, they also rely on a little thing we call…superstition. Check out the 5 most popular superstitions that keep these rugged men and women lucky in the rodeo ring.

5. Putting your hat on the bed will bring bad luck

Flickr/Ilato Greco
Flickr/Ilato Greco

Cowboys believe that if they put their hat on their bed, bad luck will fall on them and they will lose their next rodeo. This superstition comes from a time these rodeo stars had poorer hygiene standards, making head lice prevalent. Putting a hat on the bed would cause these pesky bugs to spread.

4. Never change the name of your horse

Flickr/Isamiga76
Flickr/isamiga76

If you buy a horse that’s already named, it’s said to be bad luck if you rename it. Don’t expect much luck if you change Nelly’s name to Carolina Chrome.

3. Laying your hat upside down

Flickr/Elizabeth Haslam
Flickr/Elizabeth Haslam

Let’s revisit the head-topper: Placing your hat with the opening facing up is said to “catch luck”. If it’s turned upside down, it’s said to spill it all out. Invest in a nice hat box if you plan on winning your next rodeo!

2. Don’t compete in a rodeo with change in your pocket.

Flickr/Pictures of Money
Flickr/Pictures of Money

It’s said if you compete with loose change in your pocket, that’s all you’ll win at the rodeo.

1. Wear two different colored socks in the ring

Flickr/Chiam Zvi
Flickr/chiam zvi

While we don’t quite know why, wearing two different socks while competing in a rodeo will bring you an extra sprinkle of luck.

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5 Superstitions That Rule the Rodeo