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Molly the Pony


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 Louisiana State University 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 is Molly's prosthesis. Wherever
Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.


"This was the right horse," 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 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. 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. "It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse," her vet laughs. Most important of all, Molly has a job now going to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers ~ anywhere people need hope. Wherever Molly goes, she shows people her pluck. She inspires people, and she has a good time doing it.



More about Molly

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Molly's MySpace Page

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