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Molly the Horse

Posted by Anne Tarantino on February 25, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Maybe this doesn't exactly fit what we we are trying to do for our event, but on the other hand it it a story of hope, which is what we are trying to create. Everyone, meet Molly!  Her  picture did not come out on this blog, but check out our Facebook Page.


Ya gotta meet Molly....


Meet Molly. She's a grey speckled pony who

Was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane

Katrina hit southern Louisiana . She spent weeks

On her own before finally being rescued and taken

To a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled..

While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier

And almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became

Infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but

LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare

Case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he

Changed his mind. He saw how the pony was

Careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't

Seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to

Handle her. She protected her injured leg. She

Constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload

Her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious

Survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee,

And a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly

Walked out of the clinic and her story really

Begins there.

'This was the right horse and the right owner,'

Moore insists. Molly happened to be a

One-in-a-million patient.

She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain.

She made it obvious she understood that she was

In trouble. The other important factor, according

To Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant

Owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care

Required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly's story turns into a parable for life in

Post-Katrina Louisiana ....

The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb.

A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.

The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life,

Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports.

And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out,

And come to you and let you know that she wants

You to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take

It off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from

Barca. 'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch

A three-legged horse,' she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay,

The rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to

Shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation

Centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed

Hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people

Her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a

Good time doing it.

'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to

Play in life, Moore said. She survived the hurricane,

She survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving

Hope to others.'

Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal, but

she's going to be better...To me, she could be a

Symbol for New Orleans itself.'


This is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom

Photo shows the ground surface that she stands on,

Which has a smiley face embossed in it.. Wherever

Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.


Forward this and share it with all of the

Animal lovers that you know.

God's creatures often reflect the

Character we aspire to.

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