Stitches don’t count.
When your opponent is a two-ton mass of muscle, bone, horn, and hoof, it’s not a matter of if you’re going to get hurt, but when. Snyder says his first major injury was when he busted his arm and ended up with two bones poking through skin when he was just 12. Yet he was back in the saddle the next weekend. That’s the thing with bull riding: “We don’t count stitches,” Snyder says. “You don’t get paid unless you ride, period. We’ll compete with injuries that a lot of professional athletes won’t.” In his career, Snyder has broken his neck and back vertebrae, both arms, both legs, and his nose, and has torn his rotator cuff and ACL. He says this is considered lucky.Back to top