Got him..now what?
Git 'im down and hog-tied for branding, that's what. This is a good study of how the horse and the rider work together. The horse's job at this point is to keep the rope (lariat) taut so the calf can't move away from the rider. It works out, generally.
This doesn't look like much fun, either. The rider is diving off his horse to catch the steer by the horns to rassle him to the ground. This can produce interesting results (see top picture).
Nobody ever said a cowboy's life was bed of roses, but these guys make it look way too hard.
They are the cream of the crop, though, and among all the chills and spills that make such fun pictures, you see performances that make you wonder how in the world they can do that. They're like professional golfers: if I could hit a ball the way they hit a ball on their worst days, I'd be doing pretty good. Same with professional cowboys.
It's also well to keep in mind that the animals are athletes, too. They are trained for rodeo..records are kept of their performances. And they are really smart..some might even call them cunning.
Ride 'im, Cowboy.