Steer wrestling or bulldogging is a big man's event. The steer wrestler starts behind a barrier and begins his chase only after the steer has been given a 30-foot head start If the steer wrestler leaves too early, he is assessed a 10-second penalty. The steer wrestler is assisted by a hazer, another horseback cowboy who keeps the steer in line for the wrestler.
When the steer wrestler's horse approaches the steer, the bulldogger eases down the side of the horse, reaching for the steer's horns. After he has the horns in his grasp, he digs his heels into the dirt to slow the steer's momentum. As the steer slows, the cowboy turns the animal's head to produce the leverage needed to throw the steer. The animal's four feet must be laying in the same direction for a qualified run.