I need to explain this mounted cowboy shooting sport that I watched at the outdoor Expo so everybody understands what's actually going on.
The contestants ride around the arena on a course that has 10 balloons in various areas and they have to ride as fast as they can, because they are being timed, and shoot and break all of the balloons. Now the important thing is they're not shooting live ammunition, their shooting blanks and it's the burning powder that breaks the balloons when it hits them. So there's nothing dangerous going on here. But nonetheless the little kids just ride around the course without a gun and are timed on how fast they can go. Bigger kids will carry a toy gun and point it at the balloons. And when the little wranglers get older they can carry a real single action 45 but it can't be loaded.