How to Make Training Equipment for Bull Riding

    A bucking barrel is an essential tool to any cowboys arsenal. This suspended self man system keeps you bucking and your friends from being hurt. Dig four holes 6 foot squared (6ft apart. Make sure holes are 3 foot deep. Use and gasoline powered auger or a post hole digger for this.

    Fill the holes with water and allow that to seep into the ground. mix your concrete per the bags instructions. When mixing the concrete use a little lass water as the concrete will soak up water from your hole and help to close it. You can add rocks if you wish for added stability.

    At the top of your post mark 8 inches from the top (in the center)and screw in your eye hooks. Make sure these are heavy duty industrial strength screws! Apply lock tight to the screws for added stability if you wish.

    Cut your rope into 6 foot lengths. Pass the rope through the eye hook , to the center of the rope. Tie a slip knot or clamp the rope at the ends. Drag the rope so that the knot is at the eye hook. At the bottom of the rope tie another slip knot.

    After all posts have the eye hooks and knots applied set the posts into your holes. Make sure all eye hooks are facing inside your square. Set the posts and pour in your concrete.

    Now we need to put the other eye bolts to the barrel. At the front and back of the barrel mark holes at the topside of your barrel. The holes should be 10 inches from the center of the barrel and 3 inches from the top and bottom. Put lock washers and nuts onto to the bolts and screw them down tight.

    Add the industrial strength springs to the barrel by a slip knot rope. Use the same technique as described above. The rope length for this should be 2 and 1/2 foot long. Using the screw lock spring clip Attach the springs to the ropes on your posts.

    Your simulated bull should now be together. You may need a step ladder to climb on. Have a friend hold the barrel still while you get on. The springs help so that once you are going you shouldn't need much help to stay in a ride. Have fun and by all means Cowboy Up!


  • A friend can help get the motion going, but they shouldn't have to continue to help the main job of the springs is to sustain your ride.
  • Saddle pads can be put on your simulated bull using bungee cords.


  • A bucking barrel is effective in simulating a ride from an actual bull you should use as much caution when practicing with one.
  • I know we have all done it but it still is not safe to convince someone that the ride is "not really that hard" or that they are a "wuss" for not trying it.

Things Needed

  • 55 gallon barrel
  • Heavy duty rope (34ft)
  • 8 threaded eye bolts
  • 4 matching nuts with lock washers
  • 8 screw lock spring clips
  • 4 8' long 4x4 posts
  • 4 50lbs bag of concrete

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