On average, a bull's rodeo career spans six to ten years. During their career they get coddled and looked after like any other professional athlete. When they retire from the rodeo arena, the pampering regime will continue. Turned out to pasture, so to speak, to live out the rest of their life.
Retirement offers a new purpose in lives of many bulls. They become one of the hundreds, if not thousands, in breeding programs around the world. Programs that promote the continued growth of premium rodeo stock. A lucrative business enhanced further when the bulls have bucked off a large percentage of the cowboys who have tried to ride him. It is not uncommon for sizeable amounts of money to be paid for straws of semen taken from a bull with a reputable rodeo history.
They are inducted into halls of fame, lyrics are written about them and rodeo announcers and colour commentators around the globe compare their offspring to these famous athletes. Their days performing in rodeos may be complete; however, long after these bulls have left the arena, or, are no longer alive, the legendary ones continue to be acknowledged for their accomplishments or notoriety of being a bad boy.