A Professional Wild Horse Race Team consists of three people, known as the shankman, the mugger and the rider. The equipment used is a lead shank, halter, and saddle. All of the positions are equally difficult and physical.
A Professional Wild Horse Race happens fast and can be dangerous, as the animals are wild. The action happens in a rodeo arena with six teams competing against each other.
When the whistle blows the muggers open the gates and the horses come running and bucking out of the chutes.
The shankman has to stop his team’s animal. The shankman holds the horse in a position so the mugger can move up the shank and grab the horse by the halter.
The next moment the rider sets the saddle on the horse and secures it by the quick cinch. The cinch has a quick release built in so that it may be quickly removed if a problem occurs.
The rider then climbs on the horse while the shankman and mugger haze the animal past the finish line. The first team across wins.