Rider juggles bull riding's dangers with love of his job! By BEN BAUGH - Staff writer - Aiken Standard - email:email@example.com
Hayden Tedder (right) is a bull rider who is learning to be a farrier at Doug Eidenier's (left) South Carolina School of Horseshoeing. Staff photo by Ben Baugh.Bull rider Hayden Tedder decided that he was done with others shoeing his horses; he wanted to learn how to do it himself. A friend of his told Tedder about South Carolina School of Horse Shoeing and Doug Eidenier in Aiken.
The 18-year-old from Rock Hill has been involved with the rodeo for the past 4¬½ years after his brother introduced him to it, but his previous experience with horses was somewhat limited.
"I never did much with them, other than trail riding stuff, so I always had a little time with them," said Tedder. "My mom worked for a man training horses.
Bull riding is a sport known for its dangers, and although he's only competed for a relatively short time, he has sustained his share of injuries. Tedder's most serious injury was a shattered left eye orbital and sinus cavity, and now he has a plate in his skull courtesy of the untoward incident.
"The worst place to be is in the chute when you're getting ready because you're surrounded by four sides of metal," said Tedder. "Once you get out of there, you have the bull fighters, and that's their job, and they're paid to do it. If you make it out of the chute, most of the time you come out pretty good."
He wears a vest that's 1 inch to 1¬½ inches thick when he's competing.
"Most places make you wear them; some places don't. Even if they don't, most people do," said Tedder. "More people ride with helmets now than ride without them."
Tedder would love for rodeo to be his only job, but he will be going to Stephenville, Texas, at the end of the month to work with another farrier.
"The worst thing that could come out of going to farrier school is that I won't have to pay anyone to do my horses," said Tedder.
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karen tedder wrote:Hayden has always followed his dreams. Though we have encouraged him to do so at times, it is very nerve wrecking. His last incident with bullriding left him with a shattered orbitual bone with surgery. After graduating highschool he left 3 days later to go to horse shoeing school in Aiken for 6 weeks. He knew this is something he wanted to do so he cut grass to save his money. He will be finished up this Saturday the 16th, then it will be on to Texas to work. Hayden the sky is the limit, and we could'nt be more proud of you for following your dreams.7/10/2011