You gotta meet Molly (US)

Story and photographs by Pam Kaster

Following Hurricane Katrina, Molly spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm. 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. After surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he saw her will to live and agreed to remove her leg and fit her with an artificial limb. But that is only the beginning of her remarkable story.
Following Hurricane Katrina, Molly spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm. 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. After surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he saw her will to live and agreed to remove her leg and fit her with an artificial limb. But that is only the beginning of her remarkable story.

MEET MOLLY.

She’s a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana.

Molly 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.

Left, Molly's most recent prosthesis. The photo on the right shows the ground surface that Molly stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.
Left, Molly's most recent prosthesis. The photo on the right shows the ground surface that Molly stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.

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.’

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Thanks to Ritchie and Ron for forwarding us this story. ~ Editor

UPDATE: Learn more about Pam Kaster, Molly the Pony and buy the book!

2 thoughts on “You gotta meet Molly (US)”

  1. I enjoyed reading the story about Molly. My daughter is an amputee and we belong to a support group with many children that would love to meet Molly. Yes, Molly will give hope to children and their parents and leave smiles literally behind. Is there a contact number to reach Molly’s owner?
    Thanks,
    Donna

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