REDDING, Calif. - The 69th annual Redding Rodeo will see temperatures in the high 90s, a stark contrast from last year.
"Last year out of the four nights we had three nights of rain," Rodeo President Lee Luft said.
Stock contractor Jeff Davis of Four Star Rodeo said ground conditions are better for the animals when it's hotter.
"When it's raining and it's muddy we can't control the ground conditions and it's harder for the horses and bulls to buck," Davis said.
Although the heat may feel intense, local rodeo livestock are used to it.
"I'm from Cottonwood and so are my animals, so this doesn't bother them," Davis said. However, he still ensures they are prepared for hot days by keeping them well fed, hydrated and exercised.
"I take them back to the ranch at the end of the night," he said, which keeps them "fresh".
"There is a misconception out there that we treat them bad," Davis said. "If you treat them bad they won't perform for you and they're athletes just like anything else."
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and owner of Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic Steve Loncosky said rodeo animals are well cared for by their handlers.
Equine colic is a condition in which a horse can suffer severe abdominal discomfort and may need surgery.