This picture shows why there's always two bullfighters in the arena and what their two main jobs are. One distracts the bull away from the rider, who in this case is kneeling on the ground next to the fence, and the other protects the rider until he can get to safety.
The rodeo Bullfighters which used to be called rodeo clowns when I was growing up, dressed funny and entertained the crowd. As rodeo grew in popularity people started realizing there was more to being a rodeo clown than wearing funny pants and telling jokes between rides.
Early on there would only be one chute at a rodeo event and it took a long time to get the bull into the chute, get the bull rope around him, get the rider on, and the rider to wrap his hand with the bull rope. So the rodeo clowns in order to fill up ten or fifteen minutes of inactivity would tell some corny country jokes, take a few pratfalls, and somehow manage to lose their pants which would show their heart covered underwear, all before the next ride.
They still wear funny clothes which are designed to flap around and get the bulls attention, or breakaway if the bull hooks them. And some of them even tell jokes every once in a while if the situation warrants it, but mostly they do what they've always done, get the rider off the bull if he's hung up, distract the bull when the riders on the ground, and protect the rider until he can get to safety. All that is not easy because it involves getting up close and personal with every bull in the competition for the entire rodeo hopefully without getting injured because they don't get paid if they're not working
And speaking of money, I don't know what these guys get paid but I would say from the vehicles I've seen them show up in its not a whole lot, but its still more than the Cowboys get paid because the Cowboys don't get anything if they don't stay on that bull and get a good score, but the Bullfighters get paid just for being there. I wonder if they can buy insurance?
It seems to me these guys must start out being pretty good at what they do, or they won't live long enough to get any better. If you think about it, how in the world can you learn to do what these Bullfighters do without getting in a pen with an angry bull, talk about your school of hard knocks.
A bull ride is about as chaotic as a situation can get. I whole lot of things are going on in a very short amount of time, seconds actually, and in a very small amount of space. Unlike a bronco that may decide to run all over the arena, bulls don't generally do that, they usually stay very close to the chutes which could easily get the rider or the Bullfighters hemmed in against the fence which is a very dangerous place to be in less you have time to climb it.
but they chose this life for themselves, Lord only knows why. But every bull rider knows without the Bullfighters in the arena very few cowboys would make it out without injuries, and every bull rider respects these guys because only a bull rider can relate to the difficulty of what these guys do.
so even though you only rode your bull for 2 seconds, and ended up face down in the dirt with a hoof print on your leg, a pat on the head and an encouraging "good ride cowboy" from the toughest, bravest guy in the arena makes it all seem worthwhile.