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posted by Stacy on Mar 29

Meet Molly…

molly the abandoned horse from hurricane Katrina 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 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's prosthetic leg

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.

Molly's Smiley Face Prosthesis

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45 Comments to “Molly, The Horse That Leaves a Smile Wherever She Walks”

  1. Jobi Says:

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful. Once again, it seems we humans can learn a lot from the resilience and love of an animal.

  2. music mates Says:

    Its really awesome to fix artificial legs for molly, thanks for the great article ,
    very nice Information

  3. Black Labradors Says:

    Its sad to think about all the animals that were left when Katrina came. It’s good to see a positive outcome every now and then. Thanks for the story and video.

  4. petsafe Says:

    That’s amazing and so touchy and inspiring. Mom gonna love this one. One of my co-volunteer in the nearby shelter, they rescued and adopted a month old koala who survived the fire.

  5. Margaret Elmendorf Says:

    Great article. I have seen this before but I love reading it every time. What a wonderful thing to do for this horse. Thanks so much for telling this.

  6. pet beds Says:

    First time i saw that kind of artificial leg on animals are use by dogs.. its great to see some people providing comforts to any animal disabilities..

  7. Jayne Says:

    This really is an inspirational story and how I love horses. I hope you will continue your blog; I noticed that it hasn’t been updated since March 29th, nearly 2 months. Keep up the good work in helping others become more aware of these animals. I wish you all the best!

  8. Animal Rights Advocate Says:

    Wonderful story!
    Thanks for posting it.

  9. Vote for this article at Says:

    Molly the 3 legged horse leaves a smile wherever she walks…

    This brave little pony comes out on top with a prosthesis with a happy face on the bottom….

  10. Sarah Says:

    It has been a while since I visit and today, I found this inspiring animal story to share with everyone. It is such a miracle.

  11. bbrian017 Says:

    This is so cool! It’s amazing how we have come far enough in society to see the real meaning of this animal. Before it would had be shot and that would had been it. Things have changed so much today.

  12. Cat Supply Says:

    What an inspirational story. This story makes me smile and feel warm about how we all have the ability to adapt.

  13. Emily Says:

    My sweet gelding always smiles around kids, especially my granddaughter with autism, and she loves him! I do wish that the report had just said that Molly was mauled by a “dog” without having to use the term Pit Bull. They get too much of a bad rap and makes it harder to rescue and place them when they can truly be very sweet family dogs. I know, I had one and he was a total cream puff!

  14. Madison Says:

    Wow! Molly has a great heart to be through all this and still have a loving and caring attitude! This story is amazing!!!!!!!

  15. Montana Says:

    This is amazing! Talk about miracles. Molly is soooo unbelievable to have made it this far and to inspire people like she does….

  16. Montana Says:

    This is amazing! Talk about miracles. Molly is soooo unbelievable to have made it this far and to inspire people like she does…. I would like to have a “WONDERFUL” pony like that one day.

  17. animal lover Says:

    Way to go Molly!!! Molly is such an inspiration to us all! Animal cruelty needs to stop!

  18. Anne Coyle Says:

    This story just broke my heart and made my day. Isn’t it amazing how tragedies can turn into heart-warming stories? The human efforts and compassion that have gone into rescuing this incredible horse do nothing less than renew my faith in humanity. Who would’ve imagined, even 20 years ago, a prosthetic for a HORSE?!!?

  19. krchelle Says:

    this lilttle horse has been through hell but she has manged to make it through she is tough and brave b/c most horses would of gave up and not tried but she keep going. “never back down its always worth it.” she is a great horse and she is very inspiring i love her and her abilitys

  20. courtney Says:

    ohhh poor thing im so glad shes alive shes a fighter shes a wonderfull horse

  21. Joe Says:

    New website to help animals and animal owners. If an animal owner has an item they are not using, they can post it on the website for no charge. To get or trade an animal item there is an annual fee of $4.95 of which $1.00 will go to animal rescues.

    Please help other animals and animal owners. Thank You!

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  23. mike kowalchuk Says:

    what a great storey i just love it when you hear of good things that happen to our animals in stead of all the evil things that happens,what a brave little pony.

  24. Andrew Says:

    It really touched me. Molly, i hope i can be just like you, to live strong and happy with all the minuses..

  25. Keith Wheeler Says:

    Thank you for that inspiring story. I walk a friend’s triped (or should that be tri-pawed?) dog, and never cease to be amazed how well these animals cope. It’s good to read about a pony with a positive attitude which has no doubt been encouraged and reinforced by a thoughtful owner.

  26. Frontline Plus Dogs Says:

    Oh my God! This is so amazing!.
    It’s true, it’s really touching. Go Molly! Stay strong!
    The owner must be love her so much. She is very lucky.
    I hope every animals as lucky as her..

  27. girl you dont know Says:

    hello everyone we need to do everything in our hearts to help
    because i had a dog nd it hurt me when he past
    lets try to help to save these animals

  28. chepooka Says:

    Any updates on Molly?

  29. Breedersales Says:

    oh.. that was very touching story about molly.. I’m about to tear..
    she’s really smart and survived on katrina hurricane.

    hope there’s a lot horses out there the same as molly..

  30. Golf Guru Says:

    I love reading stories like this, truly inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing

  31. Steve Evans Says:

    For me this story is all about how one lovely pony has such character and intelligence that it can persuade the veterinarian that the operation was worthwhile, and my goodness has it paid off for everyone! Thank you for posting this.

  32. preciouspooches Says:

    what a terrible thing to happen to any animal that’s why we only work one on one and never work with aggressive dogs thank for the story ad all your work for charity

  33. preciouspooches Says:

    thanks for the story and all your work for charity way to go molly

  34. horselover Says:

    I think Molly is very lucky to have owers like you foks.I hope she will keep on smiling til the end of time.:)

  35. Horse Mats USA Says:

    Wow, what a great story. Molly must be such an inspiration to those children that are suffering due to the loss of a limb. A close friend of mine has a son with a disability and he gets such joy out therapeutic horse riding. Its great to see this kind of story.

  36. precious pooches Says:

    what a brave little horse its really unbelievable to think about how much technology has moved on!!!

  37. Chums Dog Walking Says:

    Great to see technology being used for such a fantastic cause. I am sure this could not have been acheived a few years ago. Good luck to Molly and a big well done to her owners.

  38. stopcrueltyyoung Says:

    Just inspirational. How can one horse survive so much and still have a lot of hope in her heart. If it was a human they would be depressed, on crutches. They would never want to do anything. It just goes to show you how animals compare to humans. Amazing.

  39. kriti Says:

    awsome!! but sad for the horse

  40. aly henderson Says:

    i love the part where it says “she leaves a smile where ever she walks”:)

  41. maya Says:

    This story really made me want to help with this problem because it’s against my beliefs to hurt animals and in my research I found that Australia sends 1. Million animals to Egypt every year to be slaughtered plus Egypt has no laws against animal cruelty; 50 million animals suffer and die as victims of the international fur trade. Pigs in Australia are put in very small cages and forced to stay in tem till they are moved, same as chickens the laying hens usually kept 5-6 in a 14 inch square cage and as many as 20 percent die of stress or disease from these living conditions. This is sad to me I love all animals and to see all this happing makes me sad to the point were I cry.

  42. Jose Santos Says:

    It is wonderful to see how a horrible situation was turned around into a wonderful outcome!! This gives me hope. Thanks for posting this story.
    I’m from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico and sadly there are few shelters and the laws that protect animals are rarely enforced.

  43. tyanna Says:

    that sad about pony horse.

  44. raven Says:

    that was very touching and Im so sorry that horse had to pass away that qickly and suffer IM SORRY :(

  45. swing Says:

    it is really a inspiring story. Hope that artificial legs for Molly can give her courage and spirit. She was so lucky.

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