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Pint-Sized Cowboys Ride Mini Bulls

Some pint-sized cowboys got to try their hand at riding some similarly pint-sized bulls at the Bannock County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Kids from the ages of 7 through 14 had the chance to get on the backs of some bucking bulls, made just the right size.

And a pro bull rider, Wiley Petersen, taught the kids what it takes to stay on.

“It’s just really fun to see their excitement. They’re just excited to be here. They’re having fun and they can’t wait to get on these things, and the adrenaline of it. They’re overcoming fear, this is a big deal for kids,? Petersen said.

Wilee Hurst is one of the young riders, he said there’s nothing quite like those 8 seconds.

“It’s like this is your dream, this is where you need to be, this is where you belong,? Wilee said.

The miniature bulls are fully grown adults, bred to be short, squat and as fiery as the big guys in the pro-rodeo circuit.

Of course, miniature is a relative term. These bulls average about 750 pounds of pure muscle.

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