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Kids meet NOPD mounted unit & Budweiser Clydesdale for upcoming fundraiser

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Students got a special performance from the NOPD Mounted Unit while also getting to meet a carnival staple.  

Edward Hynes Charter School students get a kick out of watching horses from the NOPD's Mounted Unit practice their skills.

"A horse playing soccer makes a little sense because I remember people tell you not to get behind a horse or else they're going to kick you," Natalie Hennessey said.

They'll show them off during a fundraiser Monday for the NOPD's new breeding program.  

"We raise them from birth, and it does take about two and a half to three years for a horse to get on the street to be a viable police mount," NOPD Mounted Unit Lead Instructor David Waguespack said.

Waguespack says the department depends on fundraisers like the upcoming "Horses, Hops and Cops" since the majority of the breeding program's funding comes from the community. 

Excited students also met the famous Budweiser Clydesdales a staple in carnival parades.

"At first I was scared, but then I was like wow these horses are amazing. Like I wish I could touch them but that's not going to happen," Konate.

"I think it's interesting to see how the horses are treated and how they eat, because I thought they just ate on the ground or whatever, but actually they eat from a bag," Hennessey.

Clydesdale Handler Shelby McCoy says it took four days to get the horses to New Orleans from New Hampshire.

"It's my favorite event that we come down and do cause people are so excited to meet us. It's a lot of work but it's definitely worth it," McCoy said.

"I remember from Mardi Gras they were a little bit shorter but I guess they've grown, and this one is only seven years old and it's huge," Madeleine Boucree said.

Before hitting the parade route, the Clydesdales hope an appearance at the NOPD's fundraiser ill bring an even bigger turnout.  

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