When Ranch Hand Rescue seized the three-legged Midnite from his neglectful owners, euthanasia was a strong possibility for the four year old miniature horse.
The horse was born with the ‘defect,’ and they believe the owners were either unable or unwilling to provide the horse with medical attention, and his condition was quite poor when he was rescued and brought to the ranch. However, the RHR staff didn’t lose hope — they turned to a Fort Worth prosthetics manufacturer for help.
Prosthetic Care, a company that makes artificial limbs for humans, said they would try, at least to help the mini horse walk normally again.
The result was like something out of a movie: not only was Midnite able to walk, but he began to run for the first time.
“The first time we saw him run, it made us cry. We all cried. It’s amazing that Midnight now has the opportunity to just be a horse,” said RHR owner Rob Williams.
Fastened with Velcro, the leg stays on all during the day so Midnite can run around and play like the other animals. At night, the leg is removed for cleaning.
It’s nice to see the horse get the fairytale ending for once instead of a prince! Hey, why the long face?!