Katrina Amputee Surviver is a Pony

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Katrina Amputee Surviver is a Pony

Post by Doreen on April 30th 2008, 6:34 pm

I've written articles over the years about horses who survived
amputation surgery There was Boitron, the California
Thoroughbred stallion who could service mares after amputation
surgery. There were Dr. Ric Redden's dramatic cases of founder
survivors who galloped around his paddock on artificial feet
with "transplanted frogs". Dr. Chris Colles had the
never-say-die Appaloosa in England with the spring-loaded foot.
And who can forget that paint yearling in India ? Or the
landmine-maimed elephant amputee in Thailand ? Longtime
Hoofcare and Lameness Journal readers will remember them all.


So when I first heard that a pony had survived
amputation surgery at Louisiana State University 's (LSU) equine
hospital, I didn't run to the keyboard and beg for photos. A few
weeks later I did, though.

Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when 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, her mane 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, 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."
"She's not back to normal," Barca concluded. "She's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself."

This week, Molly the Pony, a children's book about the pony who has
already inspired thousands of people around New Orleans , has
been published.

It's not a book about amputation or prosthetics, it's a book about people and ponies. But the photos you see here are from the book.

Maybe Molly won't make the vet textbooks, but she might reach more people from the pages of this book for children. If you know a child, a library,
a hospital, or maybe a therapeutic riding program that can use a
lift, here's a book that can do that. And you can explain how
the leg and hoof work!

HOW TO ORDER: This book is an
oversized, square "laminated" (so it wipes clean) hard cover
book. Hoofcare Publishing is proud to offer it for sale to you
at the price of $15.95 each plus $6 post. A portion of the sales
price will go toward Molly's fund. To order, send check or money
to Hoofcare Books, 19 Harbor Loop, Gloucester MA 01930 .
Telephone orders to ( USA ) 978 281 3222. Fax orders to ( USA ) 978
283 8775. Email orders to books@hoofcare.com. Visa or
Mastercard accepted; please supply account number and expiration
date. When ordering, please give phone and/or email
details.

You will LOVE this book--and Molly!

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!
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Post by Carl D on April 30th 2008, 6:58 pm

Fantastic story. Thanks, Doreen. Cool
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Post by shanaya on April 30th 2008, 7:19 pm

That is so cool! Thanks Doreen for posting this! Smile
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Post by Doreen on April 30th 2008, 7:23 pm

I hope you didn't think me leaving the information about the book etc was spamming, I thought about taking it out, but it is all part of the story. It is amazing.
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Post by shanaya on April 30th 2008, 7:59 pm

No problem Doreen Very Happy
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Post by Larry on April 30th 2008, 8:20 pm

I like the smiley face he leaves behind. cheers
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Post by shanaya on April 30th 2008, 8:31 pm

Me too!
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Post by souci on April 30th 2008, 10:37 pm

What a beautiful and amazing story.
"Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet. "

This truly was a compassionate and wonderful veterinarian as well to even attempt this surgery.
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