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The skills people need to ride in a rodeo come from living close to the land in direct contact with the elements whether they like it or not. It carries huge responsibilities: animals need constant care, feed and water is essential, and they must be ever vigilant about their livestocks' well-being.

Knowing everything there is to know about horses is fundamental to carrying out these tasks and the men and women who live this lifestyle begin learning the day they're born. Their relationship with horses is one of the most intimate relationships between species I have witnessed.

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