After the operation, Molly was taken to the prosthesis center.

After evaluation, it was decided that Molly would be a good candidate for "surgery that LSU veterinarians had never performed on a horse – amputation and the fitting of a prosthetic leg".

This is Molly’s most recent prosthesis

The message includes photographs of Molly with her new prosthetic leg.

Molly - Pony With A Prosthetic Leg - Hoax-Slayer



The following video produced by the LSU School of Veterinarian Medicine provides more information about Molly and the dedicated group of people who made the fitting of her unique prosthetic leg possible:


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Last updated: 15th May 2010
First published: 30th May 2008

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Molly has stump changes and needs a new prosthesis from time to time

Sometimes she wants you to take it off, too."

Currently, Molly spends her days at Pony Paradise and visits Barca's stable regularly on the Mississippi River levee for a physical check up and minor prosthetic adjustments.


Molly, the Horse with an Artificial Leg-Truth

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Molly was rescued by Kaye and Glenn ..

Meet Molly. She is 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 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 Miracle - From All Creatures Animal Stories

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.

This is Molly’s most recent prosthesis.

Successful amputations and prosthetic legs for horses are extremely rare and there were obstacles to overcome, but Molly has adapted well to her new limb and visits anyone who could use her quiet wisdom and inspiration. She has impacted and inspired many people of all ages and abilities. A children's book was written about her and word of her story has traveled around the world.

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Molly was rescued by Kaye and Glenn Harris after Hurricane Katrina. Several months laters she was attacked by another Katrina rescue going through emotional trauma, a pit bull. Although her other numerous wounds healed, her leg could not be saved. Her rescuer and now owner, Kaye Harris, went to bat for Molly, requesting amputation and a prosthesis at Louisiana State University.