Mutton Bustin at the Houston Rodeo

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Alright alright alright” – Wooderson, Dazed and Confused.


Packed in like cattle on the tram to the Rodeo, the guy with tattoos on his face and neck gives up his seat for an old lady of colour. She’s befuddled as to why her normally subdued regular commute has suddenly turned into sardines.

I know what this ya’ll, this here’s Rodeo traffic.” She says, then laughs to herself.


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Such a thing called Mutton Bustin exists. Kids aged 5-6 are placed on the back of a sheep called Lamb-orghini, or The Woolley Bully, and cling on for dear life as the sheep runs to the other end of the pen. I turned to George DeMontrond, an acquaintance and tour guide for the missus and I, “Do kids get hurt doing this?” I ask.


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Sure, I’ve seen a kid break an arm doin’ Mutton Bustin. But ya’ll break an arm playing soccer won’t you?” George says.


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I like George. He wore bespoke fitted Ostrich tan leather cowboy boots. Studded. He had a Golden Eagle cowboy hat, 10x. The quality of the hat body used to make a hat is the main factor that determines the X’s. In felt it is determined by the percentage of fur’s used in making the hat body. Common fur used for cowboy hats are  beaver, mink, chinchilla and other animal fur to make bodies. The mixture of which furs we use determines the X’s. In straw, the X’s are also determined by the body used to make the hat. The tighter the weave and narrower the straw reed used to make the hat, the better X quality is marked in the hat.


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Your goddam right I bought myself a cowboy hat. $59.99 XX. I walked around for the next three hours muttering, ‘Alright alright alright’.


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Since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas.


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