Breeds Rodeo

Rodeos are filled with a variety of horseback events. Certain breeds of horses dominate the western world of barrel racing, pole bending, roping, cutting, and bronc riding. These horses are generally stocky, compact, and on the shorter side. Can you guess which breeds you’re likely to see the most of?

Quarter Horses

Whether the horse is a registered American Quarter Horse or a mixed quarter horse, they’re the most common horses to be found at rodeos. However, there are specific bloodlines that are know for each event. The roping and steer wrestling horses are likely to be larger and broader, while the speed events require a leaner, faster type.

Other Breeds of Horses

You may also see paints, Appaloosas, Arabians, and mustangs. Any breed can compete successfully if they possess the right characteristics. Most rodeos don’t require animals to be breed registered.


Bucking horses come from many different breeds, but most of the top contenders have American Quarter Horse blood. However, any horse and any breed can be a saddle bronc if they’re athletic and have a desire to buck!

Above all, rodeo horses are skilled athletes. While the American Quarter Horse tends to dominate the rodeo scene, there’s nothing stopping you from entering a breed other than the norm. Your horse just needs to have the right drive!