What Is The Mark Out Rule?
The "mark out" rule (also called the "spur out" rule) is a rule used in the rodeo events of saddle bronc riding and bareback bronc riding.
The mark out rule requires bronc riders to have the rowels of both spurs in front of, and touching, the break of the bronc's shoulders on its first move out of the chute.
The rider's feet must still be in this position when the bronc's front feet hit the ground for the first time.
This is called "marking a horse out." If a male bronc rider (saddle bronc or bareback) fails to mark a horse out with one or both feet they will receive a no score.
In the photo below the saddle bronc rider's left foot is in the the required position to mark the bronc out.
His right foot cannot be seen in the photo, but needs to be in the same position on the right side. His feet must remain in this position until the bronc's front feet hit the ground for the first time.
In the photo above you can also see one of the two rodeo judges (in the striped vest) keeping a watchful eye on the saddle bronc rider as he comes out of the bucking chute. A bronc rider (saddle bronc and bareback) must mark a horse out with both feet, so there is another judge that can't be seen in the photo keeping an eye on the other side.
The mark out rule as described above is a very common rule, but is intended to be a general description. Rules can and do vary from one bronc riding event to another depending on what governing body is sanctioning the event.
The Mark Out Rule For Women
In women's professional rodeo women compete in bareback bronc riding but not saddle bronc riding. In bareback bronc riding, women also compete under the mark out rule.
However, if a female bronc rider fails to mark a horse out she will have five points for each side not marked out deducted from her score instead of receiving a no score.
Waiving The Mark Out Rule
Under certain circumstances the mark out rule may be waived. For example, if a bronc stalls in the chute the judge may tell the rider they can "go on" or "go to the belly." This means the bronc rider can take his (or her) feet to the sides of the horse for the first jump out of the chute instead of having them over the points of the horse's shoulders.
Being allowed to go to the belly waives the mark out rule for that one ride only.
Below: This horse has stalled in the chute. The judge has told the rider to "go on" or "go to the belly" and the mark out rule has been waived for this ride.
The Mark Out Rule For Bull Riders
Bull riders do not compete under the mark out rule.
In the photo below notice that as this bull makes his first move out of the chute the bull rider has his feet at the bull's sides instead of in front of, and touching, the break of the bull's shoulders. This is because bull riders do not compete under the mark out rule.
What Is / Are...
- What Are 5 Reasons Horse Trailer Lighting Matters?
- What Are Chestnuts and Ergots?
- What Are Cowboy Chinks?
- What Are Ermine Spots?
- What Are Horns?
- What Are Horse Blood Marks?
- What Are Horse Vaccines and How Do They Work?
- What Are Horse Whiskers?
- What Are Leads?
- What Are The Parts Of A Western Saddle?
- What Are Saddle Rigging Positions?
- What Are Some Horse Fencing Basics?
- What Are Some Interesting Horse Facts?
- What Are Some Interesting Charts and Graphs With Horse Information?
- What Are Some Options For Temporary Horse Fencing?
- What Are Slobber Straps?
- What Are Synthetic Saddles Made Of?
- What Are The Rodeo Catch Pens?
- What Are The X's In A Cowboy Hat?
- What Are The Three Legal Head Catches?
- What Are Wolf Teeth?
- What Is The Angle System For Branding?
- What Is A Bosal?
- What Is A Bull Riding Vest Made Of?
- What Is A Domain Name?
Why would I need one for my farm or ranch even if I don't have or want a website?
- What Is A Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch?
- What Is Flag and National Anthem Etiquette At A Rodeo?
- What Is Floating A Horse's Teeth?
- What Is Freeze Branding?
- What Is Freeze Branding......What Do Horse Freeze Brands Look Like?
- What Is A Galvayne's Groove?
- What Is A Gooseneck Trailer Hitch?
- What Is A Headstall?
- What Is A Pony Express Mochila?
- What Is Hermann Oak Leather?
- What Is Larvicidal De-Worming?
- What Is The Flying Gallop?
- What Is The Mark Out Rule?
- What Is A Nord Fork?
- What Is The Rodeo Return Gate?
- What Is Rotational Grazing?
- What Is A Spur Ledge?
You Might Also Like