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Mutton Bustin': Let's Strap Children to Sheep and See What Happens!

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Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterDecember 8, 2016

“Hey, kid—you ever bust a mutton?”

Some children get turned on to it earlier than others, but mutton bustin' is a drug. Everyone tries it once. 

This at least seems to be the case at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show. The rodeo recently held another “mutton bustin’” competition, where children clamber onto angry sheep and hold on for dear life.

Footage of the bustin’ was taken by ABC13 in Houston (h/t Samer Kalaf of Deadspin)


As you can see, mutton bustin’ isn’t for the faint of heart. You go big and you go home, most likely with dirt in your ear and a song in your heart. (Don't worry—this young rider came up with a smile on her face.)

Years from now, we’ll be having conversations to the tune of, “Would you let your son bust a mutton?” 

My answer would be, "Yes. If he wants to bust mutton, I’ll let him bust mutton."

I mean, it’s not like these mutton are going to bust themselves.


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