The good, the bad, and the sheepishly busted

By Kathleen Atkins
It's summer in North America, and we're approaching state-fair season: fruit pies, fried cheese, livestock, rides, and excitement, especially for kids. What better way to prepare children for life in the country than by teaching them to ride? How about beginning on galloping sheep? This video records an Iowa State Fair event called Mutton Busting for the five-and-under set: six seconds or less of rodeo glory for each young contestant. Say what you will about sheep mentality: they're all brisk about unloading their riders.

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