In February we adopted two Mardi Gras Parade Horses, Gabby and Eli. They were being offered by the Humane Society of Louisiana after their tour as parade horses was done. We saw that they were both considered aged on their bios and had a smaller chance of being adopted than some of their younger counter-parts. We saw in both these horses a need for a soft place to fall and we decided we could be that place.
Every year the parades at Mardi Gras need a set number of horses, many are leased from the stables around the city of New Orleans but when the need is greater than what these stables have to offer, they look for these horses elsewhere. Horse brokers are most probably the cheapest place to look for a horse that will be used and then discarded like so much trash. These people also go by the name ‘kill buyer.’ Many own kill lots and always have a surplus of horses because their business is to troll the auction houses looking for horses to buy, many times bidding against rescues and families, to fill their trucks heading to Mexico and slaughter.
Although we will never know for certain, there is a good probability that both Eli and Gabby were purchased from a broker to parade at Mardi Gras and then when the celebrating was over, they would go back to the kill lot, if not adopted from there they would have boarded a truck headed to Mexico to be slaughtered, the meat sold to Europe and Asia where it is considered a delicacy.
Because of the Humane Society of Louisiana, Gabby, Eli and many other parade horses are now safe, sound, and being well cared for and loved in their new adoptive homes.
Gabby in particular is very thin and has saddle sores but there is a light, a spark, an inquisitiveness if you will, that lights her up somehow even after the way she has been treated. She is a survivor for sure, and with her good friend Eli by her side this girl is going to be healthy again, we promise.
Eli, on the other hand has decent weight, not ideal but not emaciated either. He does have a sway back which is not always painful but he may have more going on, we’re not sure. Our vet will access both and give us a program for these two so they can feel better.
We will keep updating their progress as they grow healthier.
Last but certainly not least, we have some very special people to thank, in no particular order we would like to thank:
You all rock!