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A Story of Courage and Will power

Posted on Thursday, April 8th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

One Horses fight for Survival

I am sorry, I don’t know the origins or author of this story. It was something that was emailed to me, one of those stories that gets passed around on the internet.

I think its a great story of courage and willpower, and the amazing resilience horses have to adapt as well as there amazing generosity of spirit. I think its a story that is meant to be read by many.

My blessings to Molly and I hope you enjoy this read as much as I have.

Ya gotta meet Molly….

Meet Molly. She’s a grey speckled pony who
 was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane 
Katrina hit southern Louisiana .molly

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 

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.

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.’molly-1

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.


Perhaps you also have a story you would like to share?

You can add it to the comments box below, or email me with photos to share that inspiration with others.

All the best for now,


5 responses to “A Story of Courage and Will power”

  1. Shirley Cepero says:

    Can you make a natural remedy recommendation for my horse who has a bone spur in his fetlock joint. He is on Yucca, devil’s claw chondroitin, msm. He gets a monthly shot of adequan and his joint has been injected with HA and steroids but it does not las long to keep down the swelling and the lameness. I hope you can help me. Thank you.

  2. viki says:

    Read this article in a magazine,what a amazing story and owner.l think horses know when there loved unconditionly .

  3. Zoe says:

    They surely do know don’t they?!!

    Love heals.

  4. Zoe says:

    Hi Shirley

    I have been using essential oils on horses and am finding them to be very effective. The brand, potency and purity of the oils does however make a huge difference. For your horses bone spur I would recommend using either a blend or the individual oils of wintergreen, lemongrass, spruce, R.C and Panaway. These are the Young Living essential oils and they have fabulous purity and strength. All conifers are very powerful in the action for bones and in promoting bone health. For more effective absorption, it is helpful to shave the hair away from the area being treated. You may also support your horse with nettle and comfrey to assist in building strong bones. Young living also do a arthritis formula BLM that includes essential oils and a collagen complex for building bones, ligaments and muscles. I can order any of these products for you if you wish at reduced rates, compared for if you went online to order.

    All the best with your horse!

    Kind Regards

  5. anurag says:

    very , very hilarious story . It should be published in magazine or newspaper !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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