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Behind the scenes with the Rodeo's too-cute Mutton Bustin' kid cowboys: Tots talk sheep strategy

Behind the scenes with the Rodeo's too-cute Mutton Bustin' kid cowboys: Tots talk sheep strategy

Mutton Bustin' is hands down the nightly highlight of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and anyone who tells you any differently is just lying to themselves.

These tykes stay up past bedtime to brave a herd of sheep on the dirt of Reliant Stadium, armed with only a helmet and a fistful of wool.

Though just 5- and 6-years-old, these kids prove that they can hang on as well as any hardened bull rider.   

CultureMap went behind the scenes on Armed Forces Appreciation Day to find out how the young 'uns prepared for their turn in the ring. Learn their secrets and their strategies by watching our exclusive video above. 

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Riders don a helmet, grab a fistful of wool and hold on tight.  Photo by Whitney Radley
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Mutton Bustin' champion Lenin Ortiz practiced on his dad and on his dog.  Photo by Joel Luks
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"He's tough like his dad," said the elder Ortiz of his son, who won last Wednesday.  Photo by Joel Luks
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The goal is to stay on the sheep for 8 seconds.  Photo by Whitney Radley
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