The Things We Do for Love: "I Threw My Horse a Birthday Party"

Horses with Birthday Hats
Credit: Kristin Gumper
Kristin Gumper poses with City Girl and a party guest.

Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, shares the stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love.

As a child, Kristin Gumper of St. Louis dreamed of owning her own horse one day. Last year she fulfilled her dream when she adopted City Girl, a 9-year-old bay mare. Gumper now makes up for her horseless years by spending plenty of quality time with City Girl, spoiling her and even throwing her a horse birthday party!

It’s My Party and I’ll Neigh If I Want To

After volunteering at the Mid-America Horse Rescue to make sure she was ready to take on the responsibility of a horse, Gumper adopted City Girl, a former racehorse whose father, Seattle Slew, won the Triple Crown in 1977. From the moment they met, Gumper doted on the mare. Once she adopted her, the attention and pampering only increased.

To celebrate City Girl’s first birthday with her, Gumper threw a party. “I wanted to make it special for her,” Gumper says. She sent out “horse” invitations, and six horses and five humans attended the celebration in the barn that Gumper decorated for City Girl’s special day.

While the humans celebrated with birthday cake and champagne, the horses enjoyed their own “cake” made of molasses, oats, carrots and raisins. “City Girl loved it,” says Gumper. “She lit up. It was a big mess, but they all enjoyed it.”


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