In five days, Sedro-Woolley is lifting a 27-year ban on riding horses, cattle and mules on public streets downtown.

They're very green and that's the thing, green transportation, said Doug Wood, a member of the Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Board.

In his small town, city leaders say animals are a big deal.

We've alread got the rodeo grounds, the Loggerodeo every year that culminates the 4th of July, so why not a horse friendly town? said Kevin Loy, a city councilmember.

Despite the love for the animals, they've been outlawed since 1986.

A guy would ride his horse to the bars and he'd tie it up outside the bar and then ride it home at two every night. Finally, they had some complaints, said Wood, who is also the police chief.

It carried a $300 fine. City leaders voted to overturn the ordinance on Wednesday.

It might take a while to get to work, said Nick Bell, who works downtown and owns 19 cows.

I don't know if you can actually train a cow to ride it, he added.

While there's some who think waste on the roadways might be an issue, most residents aren't too concerned.

Even if you step in it, it's not like we're some uppity town, you kind of wipe your feet and move on, said JenBateman, who works downtown.

Police won't cite owners for it. According to Wood, there's a bright side to this dark topic.

You can get angry with the poop or you can see it as an opportunity. There's some free fertilizer there, utilize it in your garden, he said.

It's Sedro-Woolley; that's how we are, added Bateman.

The Sedro-Woolley police chief did state that anyone riding through town will have to obey traffic laws.

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