Farriers help horses be sure-footed at Texas high school rodeo finals - petsitterbank

Farriers help horses be sure-footed at Texas high school rodeo finals

Sometimes, horses need laces to go with their shoes.

Farriers Hoyt Foster of Abilene and Kirk “Smiley” Roda of Baird on Monday were tending to some of the hooves of the performance horses at the 2022 Texas High School State Finals Rodeo.

Since the middle of last week, about 670 of the best boys and girls in rodeo and their families have circled horse trailers, RVs and trucks around the Taylor County Expo Center for the annual event.

Competition categories include cutting, bareback, steer wrestling, barrel racing, breakaway roping, calf roping, saddle bronc, goat tying, team roping, pole bending and bull riding.

More:Texas high school rodeo finals begin Thursday at Abilene’s Taylor County Expo Center

Two daily sessions of preliminaries at 8 am and 2 pm began Monday at Taylor Telecom Arena and continue through Friday. There also are about 40 vendors showcasing clothing, jewelry, boots, tack and more.

Thursday is Family Day, which includes a concession stand special of a hot dog and soft drink for $3 and the McCoy’s Mutton Busting Competition following the 2 pm preliminaries.

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