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Molly The Wonder Horse


Meet Molly
Thia is a  heart warming story.She’s a gray 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 dog
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 intelligent 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, & 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.

13 comments on “Molly The Wonder Horse

  1. Patty
    August 31, 2012

    What a wonderful story. Thanks Judy.


  2. Andrea Kelly
    August 31, 2012

    I just love horses so much, they are amazing creatures. What an inspirational story, thank you for sharing!


    • Judy
      August 31, 2012

      I think Molly is amazing. I love horses too. Such beautiful creatures. 🙂


  3. Ayanna Nahmias
    August 31, 2012

    Brought tears to my eyes. How courageous! What a will to live and a testament to the power of perseverance and how each of our lives means something, that we are here to do something, and most important – whether animal or human – our lives can inspire and comfort.

    Great story!!! Thanks for sharing. ~ Ayanna Nahmias


  4. David Stewart
    September 1, 2012

    That’s quite a special animal. I’m glad the surgeon recognized that.


    • Judy
      September 2, 2012

      Yes they are both pretty special aren’t they? Thank goodness she had a surgeon who would give her another chance 🙂


  5. Sharmishtha Basu
    September 1, 2012

    thanks for sharing the story of this amazing creature with us judy. poor girl, she had to go through so much! God bless that surgeon!


    • Judy
      September 2, 2012

      Yes I admire both Molly and the surgeon 🙂


  6. Lori Lipsky
    September 13, 2012

    My daughter the horse lover is going to love this story. Can’t wait to share it with her. Very touching. Thanks.


    • Judy
      September 14, 2012

      It is such a lovely story isn’t it? Molly was so brave:)


  7. optimisticgladness
    December 7, 2012

    This was a wonderful story. My kids and I sat around the computer and read this together. Inspiring. Thank you. I really enjoy your blog.


    • Judy
      December 9, 2012

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed it. 🙂


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