Steer wrestling is a very intense equine sport for both the horse and the rider. Steer wrestling is an event performed at the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeo competition as a timed event. In this event the horse and the rider are put in a small pen with a break away rope in the front called the box. The horse and rider must not break through this rope called the barrier until the steer has released the barrier with the rope that is positioned around its neck. Allowing this to happen gives the steer a fair chance by giving it a head start. Once the steer has broken the barrier the horse and rider can leave the box and catch up to the steer.