Tag: Miniature horse

Meet Molly.

A most heart-warming story! Beats the heck out of murders, politics and terrorists!

This was sent in by John Hurlburt for Jean who has been a bit of a ‘horse lady’ in her times and is devoted to the two miniature horses we have here in Oregon.


Meet Molly


Molly is 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 Louisiana State University (LSU) for help.

However, LSU were overwhelmed and Molly became a ‘welfare’ case. You know where that goes, don’t you!

Then surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly and changed his mind. He saw how Molly was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn’t seem to get sores.  He saw how Molly 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.

Surgeon Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and, in a very real sense, that’s where her story really begins.

This was the right horse and the right owner!” Moore insisted.

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.  Then, amazingly, a 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,” Kay said. “She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.

Allison 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.”

This is Molly's most recent prosthesis.
This is Molly’s most recent prosthesis.

Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.  Literally as well as metaphorically.

The photo shows the ground surface that she stands on has a smiley face embossed in it!
The photo shows that the bottom flat surface of the prosthesis has a smiley face embossed in it!

Leave you with that wonderful feeling of love for Molly?  Feel free to share it with all the animal lovers that you know.

Now we are 20!

Three hens and a cockerel have joined our family!

We recently heard of some chickens that were facing the cooking pot unless a home could be found. We gave in.  It wasn’t hard because there was an existing chicken house on our property.

The chickens are adult bantams rescued from the wild.

Which brings us to 9 dogs, 5 cats, 2 miniature horses and 4 chickens.  As the old saying goes, “One doesn’t need to be mad to live here, but it helps!

A few pictures to share with you.

Jean, meet your new chickens!
Jean, meet your new chickens!

Jean learning a few details about our new arrivals.

So far, so good!

Oh, glad to be out of that cage!

Hey girls, we get to eat!

This just might be a nice new home!

Oh, a proper chicken house!

Guess you girls ought to offer a thank-you.

Good girls.

What a great start!

Now temporarily eighteen!

Young Allegra comes to live with us.

Back on the 14th January in a post called Now we are seventeen, I introduced the two miniature horses, Dancer and Grace, that came to be with us.  In that post I mentioned,

Ready to leave
Ready to leave

Jean is holding Dancer while Grace is waiting by the fence.  Our original plans had been to take Dancer’s sister’s foal Allegra, but she was too stressed to leave her mother so soon; she is just six months old.  As an interim, we borrowed Grace, Dancer’s last foal, until Allegra is ready to move homes.

Well yesterday Allegra was ready and came over to join Dancer while lovely Grace returned to neighbour Margo.  Just wanted to share some pictures from yesterday.


Margo, her arm on Allegra, and her husband, Clarence, holding Allegra’s mother Keepsake.  The two horses had come over together so as to offer comfort to young Allegra, now just 7 months old.


Allegra is on the left getting to know her new grounds.  On the right is Aunt Chloe who came to spend the night here with Allegra to minimise any separation anxiety.


Close up of Dancer’s nose!

Don't believe it!  Another horse!!
Don’t believe it! Another horse!!

I’m sure Pharaoh is wondering how long it will be before there are more horses than dogs!


Finally, on a completely different theme …


Does this remind you of anyone you know?

Now we are seventeen!

Dancer and Grace join our ten dogs and five cats!

Yesterday, Jean and I went across to our neighbour’s ranch to collect two miniature horses, Dancer and her daughter Grace.  Jean was a keen horsewoman many years ago and when we became aware that our neighbour, Margo, was also a keen horse breeder, trainer and coach, the lure of getting two horses was too much!  Two miniature horses seemed the perfect idea.

So just a few pictures to share the event.

Ready to leave
Ready to leave

Jean is holding Dancer while Grace is waiting by the fence.  Our original plans had been to take Dancer’s sister’s foal Allegra, but she was too stressed to leave her mother so soon; she is just six months old.  As an interim, we borrowed Grace, Dancer’s last foal, until Allegra is ready to move homes.

Off we go
Off we go

For Grace especially, the horse being led by Margo, this was quite an adventure, as the next photograph demonstrates.

Mummy, do I really have to cross this stream?
Mummy, do I really have to cross this stream?

Then before they knew it, their new enclosure beckoned.

Welcome to your new home.
Welcome to your new home.

Jean opens her heart to the latest member of the Handover family!


In next to no time, Dancer is settling down.

Wow, this is fun!
Wow, this is fun!

And the view’s pretty good!

Mt. Sexton
Mt. Sexton

Back to normal tomorrow!