Monday, May 19, 2008

Molly the Pony

Since the death of Eight Belles, the horse discussion board I belong to has been talking about horse racing and injuries. Although this isn't the result of a racing injury, the other day one member brought up the story of Molly the pony, a true story that has also been developed into a children's book.

Molly's owner abandoned her during Hurricane Katrina. After she was rescued, she was attacked by a dog, and the wound on her lower right front leg wouldn't heal. Rather than euthanizing her, Molly's new owners opted to amputate the leg and have Molly fitted with a prosthetic — something that is quite rare in a world where an injured leg usually means death to any horse.

There is an article about Molly that is all over the Internet, but I believe the original source is the Hoofcare & Lameness Journal. I don't want to reprint the entire story here, but there is an excerpt that I think says it all:

'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.

Molly's story is heartwarming and encouraging. Although this video about Molly is a little dry, the clips of her walking and grazing show that her owner did the right thing. Molly is obviously a very happy little horse!

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