Timing is everything.
One lesser-known tip for bull-riding neophytes is that bulls, like humans, tend to have habits that riders can pick up on. So Snyder and his peers can get an edge by scouting the bull they'll be riding. And the key to a good ride is getting in the bull's flow. "You want to pick up their timing. When they come up in the front, a lot of people's natural reaction would be to lean back and get away from their horns," Snyder says. "But if you lean forward instead, that takes their power away." The same theory applies to bucking. "When they kick, you lean back. But if you were already leaning back and they kick, all that centrifugal force would pull you right over their head." For the record, you don't want that to happen.