A hair-raising close call at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was caught on film and watched thousands of times on social media this week. On Monday, 28-year-old Minnesota cowboy J.D. Struxness was making his way on horseback across the stadium during a steer wrestling event when his horse tripped over a steer who veered too closely alongside them. The impact launched Struxness into the dirt and his horse was sent head first into a somersault before bouncing right back up and running away.
All the while a shocked audience is heard screaming in the background in response. Miraculously, Struxness is shown walking away—cowboy hat still somehow in place on his head—after the frightful incident. A clip of the tense moment was posted to TikTok where its been viewed more than 70,000 times. An announcer can be heard in the background noting: “That could have been a lot more horrible than it was!” In the comments, Deedeemarz wrote: “I was worried about the horse!” Kreckline wrote: “Everyone’s asking about the horse but how is the calf.”