There's an outbreak of equine herpes going around the U.S. right now. People can't get it, but it can be deadly for horses.

And instead of cancelling a children's rodeo event in Utah last Thursday, the organizers came up with the worst idea ever: They had the girls compete by riding HOBBY horses instead.

A Utah news station did a lame report on it that showed the girls trotting around the arena on sticks, and explaining that it's a lot harder than riding a real horse.

See the video HERE!