A pregnant pony prompted one young Coushatta, Louisiana, boy to make wedding arrangements.
Gabe Bush’s mother has instilled in him a belief that people should be married before planning to have children.
“My mom taught me how you gotta get married before you have babies,” Gabe told KSLA.
Apparently, that goes for horses, too. The 5 year old’s Red River Shetland pony, Butterball, is due to begin breeding, and that means a ceremony is in order.
“It’s going to be a horse wedding,” Gabe explained in advance of the event, which took place last Saturday.
Butterball is set to be wedded to Mr. Big Stuff during a ceremony replete with a cake and minister—in this case Gabe’s grandfather Richard Logan Sr., a pastor at the local Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church.
“I got cake, a tutu for her, and I got a bow tie for him,” Gabe added.
Gabe calls Logan “Daddy,” and explained to him that the plan was the product of divine inspiration.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I prayed and asked God to let Butterball,’ which is his horse here, ‘have a baby.’” Logan explained. “And I said, ‘well, what did God say?’ He said, ‘God said, ‘OK, Gabe,’”
In exchange for the minister’s services, Gabe plans on helping him build a fence over the summer.
In order to maintain an intact family, Gabe’s family even decided to buy Mr. Big Stuff so that he could live with Butterball (and their foals).
The ceremony was held at Logan’s church, wherein Butterball was outfitted with a tutu and headdress colored pink, blue and white. For his part, Gabe appropriately wore a cowboy hat.
“And out of the ground the lord God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them,” Logan read from the Bible.
Guests attending the wedding tossed feed and hay in place of the more traditional rice.
“Everybody put your hands together for Mr. and Mrs. Big Stuff,” Logan added upon announcing the horses’ union.
The unusual marriage made perfect sense in Gabe’s eyes.
“Even though it wasn’t a person, that he was actually referring to, that’s what he relates to,” said his mother, Naomi Bush. “He loves his horses.”
And though the event was somewhat unprecedented for Logan, he was happy to help. When a local reporter asked if he’d ever married two horses, Logan couldn’t help but laugh.
“No, no,” he responded. “There’s some people I wouldn’t even marry. But I’m going to do the horse thing. For my baby.”
The horse-marriage trend may just be getting started, but there’s certainly record of other pets getting hitched. In fact, Grammy-winning singer and musician John Legend even officiated a wedding between his dogs Puddy and Pippa last year. In addition to performing his hit song “All of Me,” the ceremony reportedly included a bouquet toss and photo booth.
But the event wasn’t just another excuse for a novel party. Legend made a video of the wedding in a bid to raise money for his nonprofit organization, the Show Me Campaign, which “seeks to give every child access to a quality education,” according to its website.
“I want to create some beautiful memories with you,” Legend said in the video. “I want to sing at your wedding, bar mitzvah, any other special event you’re having, I want to sing for you.”
Per BuzzFeed, New York-based Dachshunds Hudson and Chelsea were married in another fancy ceremony back in 2014. That wedding was officiated by a bulldog.
Apparently John Legend was busy.