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Thread: Meet Molly the Horse

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    Senior Member Lynnc's Avatar
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    Sacramento, Ca. USA
    Molly ..

    You've got to 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.

    This last 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.

    Sorry I haven't figured out how to insert the photos in the right places.
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    Super Member Quiltforme's Avatar
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    Beautiful Washington state!
    What an amazing story thank you so much!

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    What amazing horse!

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    So. Ea. Ind.
    What a inspiration.

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    Super Member Darlene's Avatar
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    Columbus, Ohio
    Molly is a real winner.

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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    In the middle of a mess...
    Awww........I love happy endings!!!

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    Super Member frauhahn's Avatar
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    Chelsea, MI
    I have tears in my eyes! I'm so glad this story has a happy ending!

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    She is adorable pony.

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    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
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    She is beautiful!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
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    chicago, IL
    Thank you for posting this...how wonderful that this horse is thriving...

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