Molly made it past Hurricane Katrina, but she didn't make it past the dog attack that ultimately ended with the amputation of her leg and the creation of a prosthetic replacement.
Now the little horse who can, and does, travels the country as a symbol of ...
As a symbol of what, Kaye Harris?
"I vary my presentation based on who's in front of me," said Harris, who rescued animals, among them Molly, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "Such as, 'it's up to you what you do with your survival.' Or 'don't take "no" for an answer.' Or 'she could have been thrown away but she wasn't.'"
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"I'm just her tool," Harris said of the 44-inch tall, approximately 400-pound horse. Harris estimates that Molly is about 20 years old.
Molly has visited a career camp, a Shriner's hospital and is now a big draw in an Equine Village full of huge personalities at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where she appears daily. She limits most adults to patting the ridge along her back, but allows children and those in wheelchairs access to her furry face.
Harris says that Molly is both picky and intuitive. She knows who needs extra attention, who can't reach up high, and she'll lean down to let them pet her.
She also has opinions about her prosthetic leg. She disliked an early model because it was hot. More recent prosthetics have proven more successful, but Harris said that Molly sometimes prefers to go prosthetic-less.
"It's that personality that allows us to take her places," Harris said.
Molly travels with Doodlebug, an amiable spotted companion gelding pony. "Horses are herd animals," Harris said. "If you're split from the herd it's sort of a death sentence."
Even before WEG formally started, Molly was showing her star power. A young male visitor bicycled by the draft barn paddock, where Molly was chomping leaves while standing on her prosthetic leg, and observed: "That's impressive, I've got to tell you."
A group of Australian women walking through the Equine Village gathered around Molly's stall. One suggested that Molly could be a mascot for para dressage, which showcases disabled athletes.
Harris sells a book geared for elementary school students detailing Molly's journey from being abandoned during Katrina through her surgery and artificial-leg fittings.
Harris sells books about Molly on the Web site Mollythepony.com, and also has some of the books available at the Equine Village.