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        02-06-2009, 07:03 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    A horse with a prosthetic-meet Molly

    I found this amazing and inspirational this morning. I hope you find it the same.

    You must 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.






         
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        02-06-2009, 08:49 AM
      #2
    Showing
    The pictures you tried to load didn't work unfortunately tho if you do a search, you will find pics of her that were posted a few months ago I bet you a lot of people not yet seen them, would it be possible to reload them?
         
        02-06-2009, 10:56 AM
      #3
    Weanling
    Sorry, I musta missed it.

    I can try and reload, but they come up on my end.
         
        02-06-2009, 11:24 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    Here is again....

    You must 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.





         
        02-06-2009, 04:35 PM
      #5
    Super Moderator
    Have to say that this is a wonderful story .

    I found these pictures with Google:
    http://www.sonnyradio.com/molly1.bmp
    http://media.2theadvocate.com/images...leg+051206.jpg
    http://www.greenexpander.com/wp-cont...5/horse_03.jpg
         
        02-06-2009, 05:17 PM
      #6
    Showing
    Here I will try to post the pix. That is just an amazing story. She is a beautiful horse and I am glad that she can give hope to people who are having issues in their lives.






         
        02-07-2009, 11:26 AM
      #7
    Weanling
    Great links, Tamma, Thanx!


    The pics didn't come thru on my end, Smrobs. Can you repost them, or a link? I wanna see!
         
        02-07-2009, 05:58 PM
      #8
    Showing
    http://www.ask.com/bar?q=molly+horse...om%2Fmolly.htm

    I don't know why none of us can get the dang pix to work but here is one of the links that show them. I especially like that her prosthetic hoof has a smiley face on the bottom.
         

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