This is ‘some’ young lady !

molly1Meet  Molly

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 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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God’s creatures often reflect the character we aspire to.