Molly the Pony and Trash Can Playtime (Video)


horse_with_false_legShe’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 andher 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.


Horse has a wonderful time playing with a trash can

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Debbie Tracy

    What a joy to read this! You see THIS is the values and morals that this country needs more of seemed to have lost it some where aong the line?? But what a dear sweet story such a pretty sweet girl and really how lucky she is!! While so many are just thrown away….
    This gives me hope for mankind I know there are wonderful people out there but we hear and read so many negitive things about horse abuse and animal abuse in general, that this story is a emotional one of love and compation for a change NICE!!
    Thank You ALl for helping Molly 🙂

    April 21, 2013
    • Daryl

      I second that, thank you for caring enough to do the different thing to help her.

      April 22, 2013
  • janwindsong

    This story is chock full of love. I love it!

    April 21, 2013
  • She is a beautiful horse. Thank the “Animal God” for sending people to really love and take care of her.

    April 21, 2013
  • Daryl

    she is a real trooper, very stong and has over come some big holes in her path. Bless you all for fixing her up, she is a great Pony, who loves life with every breath. good girl.

    April 21, 2013
  • Pam Kaster

    If you enjoyed this brief history of Molly, you can learn more about her thru her book, Molly the Pony, A True Story written and photo illustrated by Pam Kaster. The large picture is on the front cover.

    April 23, 2013