In my opinion Rodeo pickup men are the second bravest and toughest men in the rodeo arena. Unlike the bull fighters that are first in most people's mind, the pickup men get little or no attention and definitely no publicity, their almost invisible but have a very dangerous job.
Their job is to help a bronc rider safely get off the bronc if he has stayed there for the full ride, to literally save the riders life if he gets hung up in his rigging, and to get the angry bronc out of the arena as quickly as possible. And after a bull ride get the bull out of the arena as fast as possible. Usually the bull will exit by himself but sometimes they have to be lassoed and led out.
Normally I probably wouldn't have even mentioned the pickup men but for some reason along with the two pickup men which are normally required there was an 12-year-old boy apparently being trained to do the job. I'd never seen that before. Riding pickup is a highly skilled, difficult and dangerous job, it requires nerve, common sense, and top-level horsemanship, and never in a million years could I have imagined an 11-year-old boy doing it but for some reason in this case he was.
The pickup men work as a team, they sandwich the bronc between them getting as close as possible. Its dangerous and difficult because the bronc is kicking and bucking and they have to get at least within arms length to do what they do which is, take the bucking strap off the bronc, transfer the rider from the bronc to a pickup man, and try to grab the bronc's reins to lead him out of the arena and if they can't lead him out they have to rope him to get him out. And all of that is done at full gallop
Here you can see "The Kid "coming up at full gallop to sandwich the bronc between himself and the front pickup man. The pickup men wear special chaps that have some kind of stiff padding in them to protect their legs when they get kicked by the bronco, broken legs are not unheard of
"The Kid" at full gallop reaching for the bronc's reins.
Here "The Kid" has the broncs reins, has him dallied up, and is leading him out of the arena
To this day I don't know why that boy was in that arena doing a man's job, but he was doing it, and he was doing it well. He was obviously born on a horse and had no fear of rough stock. But even with his skills and horsemanship he was still doing a job that few grown men would have the nerve to do.