One of our recent arrivals here was Mardi Gras Dancer. A bay two-year-old gelding, Mardi Gras had the pedigree of a race champion. But he had the heart of a couch potato – Mardi Gras just wasn’t fast at all.
After ten races, he showed such little interest racing that his owner decided to donate him to LOPE – so he could find a home with less speedy requirements. Anna soon visited the ranch and fell in love with him.
As Anna walked around our pastures, meeting each of the horses, Mardi Gras was watching her. When she came to him, he dropped his head into hands and closed his eyes – a picture of peaceful contentment.
Of all the horses here, Anna chose Mardi Gras to be her riding horse and special pet. Here is a photo of Mardi Gras with his new friend, "Punkin" – as you can see, he is very happy with his new home!