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
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
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
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.
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
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.