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Cowboy Rodeo Equipment: Flank Strap, Tape, Saddle, Rope and Bell

In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we went over some of the most common and important pieces of equipment worn by rodeo cowboys. From belt buckles to a variety of other items, cowboys need to be properly stocked to ensure they’re both safe and stylish during any rodeo event.

At A Cut Above Buckles, we’re proud to be your one-stop shop for all custom rodeo belt buckles, including our Championship series and several others. In addition, we’re happy to assist rodeo cowboys and many others with all their important needs for any event they’re taking part in. Today’s final entry in our series will look at a few additional items that should be considered for any rodeo event cowboy.

Flank Strap

For both bronc and bull riding, flank straps are used to help the rider keep his grip and control on a bucking animal. The flank strap is applied to the bowels of a horse and, when tightened properly, is extremely effective at keeping a cowboy in place as he rides.

Despite some silly myths to the contrary, flank straps are not tied around the groin area of the animal, but rather the hips and stifles. If you’re a cowboy competing in this type of rodeo, remember to never cross your leg over the flank strap!


Roughstock events are straining and stressful on the body, and many cowboys will use tape to wrap their joints and limbs. Ankles, wrists, knees and elbows are common spots for athletes to apply sports tape to reduce the risk of injury during competition.

Rodeo Athletic Tape is a good option for cowboys looking for high-quality adhesive athletic tape that can withstand outdoor elements while still providing support or protection where needed. It’s also available in a variety of colors, which can be used to help cowboys coordinate their outfits while still offering the support they need.


In most bronc riding events, contestants bring their own saddles to use as equipment. The type of saddle cowboys bring with them will vary depending on the event and their personal preferences.

Rope and Bell

For those who compete in bull riding events, a rope and bell is necessary as equipment. This particular piece of gear is used as both protection and decoration during rodeo competitions.

Typically, this rope will be a 16-foot braided piece of polypropylene, with a bell at the bottom of the coil. If you’re a bucking bull rider, this is equipment you should have, allowing you to maintain a solid grip for any bucking type event.

For more on the equipment often kept and utilized by rodeo cowboys on a regular basis, or to learn about any of our trophy or championship belt buckles, speak to the pros at A Cut Above Buckles today.