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Thread: Meet Molly the Horse

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    Senior Member Lynnc's Avatar
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    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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    What an amazing story thank you so much!

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    What amazing horse!

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    What a inspiration.

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    Molly is a real winner.

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    Awww........I love happy endings!!!

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    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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    She is beautiful!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Thank you for posting this...how wonderful that this horse is thriving...

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    What a great story!

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    made me cry. I read it to my son as we await another procedure here in the hospital. Thanks for posting.

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    i love hearing this story. every time it's soooo good :) thanks!

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    Love this! Thanks!

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    Nice story and thank you for sharing.
    Beautiful pony.

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    Thank you for introducing us to this remarkable horse. Her story is a life lesson for all of us. "Never give up!" If you believe in yourself, someone will believe in you too. A great example for children who are suffering in some way. Thank you again for this story.

    This is a story that would be great to see on our news shows. As would be the one of the woman in Utah that paints portraits of our dead soldiers for their loved ones. This is what we need to hear and see. We are inundated with bad news, bad people and bad politics everyday 24-hours a day. This story is so uplifting. It is a "feel good" story and we need those stories.

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    Will animals ever cease to amaze us. What an inspiration to all of us.

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    Touching truely, u hear about dogs and cats birds but you never hear about a horse or cow i seen the pix and i was amazed,

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    truly inspirational-puts some people to shame for not trying to overcome their obstacles

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    Thanks! God always has purpose for those who are willing to listen to him. Thank goodness several people in this story did listen and this pony will live a long, loving and useful life.

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    Wow, amazing story and horse. So lucky to have people that give such good care.
    We had friends who put their horse down because it lost the hoof part of the foot. I always wondered isn't there a way to save the horse. Your story proved in some cases their is.

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    what a special pony!

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    Thanks for sharing--what a unique story. I copied it and sent it on to my families.

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    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. Molly is a beautiful pony. Hope she continues doing well and giving hope to others.

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    What a GREAT story....animals can be so smart with their own "issues" and safety. I had a mare who would never put herself in a situation concerning her or my safety without first thinking about it, and acting accordinglly for the best for both of us.
    Humans sometimes call them "Dumb animals" but who has the most addictions.....Man or Animals

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