Such a sweet story

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Acre of Blessings, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Just when we needed it most -- with all the “gloom and doom” financial mess swirling around us -- an uplifting story about a horse who survived Katrina and has gone on to do great things…. I couldn't pass up sharing this….. Ya gotta 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

    '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 import ant 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, bu t 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.
    Forward this and share it with all of the animal
    lovers that you know.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2008
  2. miron28

    miron28 Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    lenoir north carolina
    [​IMG] Poor horse! That is amazing. I feel bad for the horse. I would like to see the picture of the horse
  3. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    The pics are in the Youtube video.

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