Unbridled Love: Pair of ponies set to marry Saturday
COUSHATTA, LA (KSLA) - It's a tale of two horses, their unbridled love, and the simple faith of a child. Two Red River Shetland ponies will be trotting down the aisle this weekend, all because of one little boy who wants his beloved pets to start a family on the right hoof.
"It's going to be a horse wedding," said Gabe Bush.
5-year-old Gabe Bush loves horses. He's had Butterball, who is also 5, for about two years now. Gabe says he had to speak up when he heard she would soon be ready to have babies.
"My mom taught me how you gotta get married before you have babies," said Gabe.
"He said 'Daddy, I prayed and asked God to let Butterball,' which is his horse here, 'to have a baby.' And I said, 'well what did God say?' And he said, 'God said, 'Okay, Gabe,'" said Richard Logan, Sr.
Gabe's grandfather, Richard Logan, Sr., or "Daddy" as Gabe calls him, is a Pastor at the Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church in Coushatta. He also keeps Butterball at his stables just outside the town limits.
He and Gabe's mother decided to go all-in to make this day special for the boy and Butterball.
"I got cake, a tutu for her, and I got a bow tie for him," said Gabe.
"Even though it wasn't a person, that he was actually referring to, that's what he relates to. He loves his horses," said Naomi Bush, Gabe's mother.
They ultimately went one step further and bought the stud, Mr. Big Stuff, so that he and Butterball can live happily ever after together at the stables.
But before the two trot down the aisle, Gabe will give Butterball away and Logan will be performing the ceremony.
Asked of he has ever married horses together before, Logan laughed and said, "No, no. There's some people I wouldn't even marry. But I'm going to do the horse thing. For my baby."
To pay for the wedding, Gabe says he will be spending the summer building a fence for his grandfather.
The wedding is Saturday at the Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church in Coushatta at 11 a.m. Anyone is invited. Guests are asked to don western wear. And in lieu of throwing rice, guests can bring some hay or horse feed for the bride and groom.
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