Texas Group Gives Horse Chance for New Life

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A miniature horse has a new lease on life thanks to a rescue group in Texas.

The horse, named Midnight, was taken from a neglectful owner by authorities and given to Ranch Hand Rescue, an organization that cares for ranch animals in distressed situations.

However, a severe leg injury had group members worried that they would have to euthanize the horse until a TV news story gave them an idea.

"We saw they were building prosthetics for humans, and we thought if it can be done for humans, could it be done for a horse?" asked Rob Williams, the manager of Ranch Hand Rescue.

The group contacted Prosthetic Care, a company that makes artificial limbs for humans, hoping the miniature horse would have a chance to walk again.

To the delight of Williams and other RHR employees, Midnight took off running after being fitted with his new prosthetic leg.

"The first time we saw him run it made us cry. We all cried. It's amazing that Midnight just has now the opportunity to be a horse," Williams recalled.

"You know there's obviously no guarantees, but Midnight is only four. And the hope is he can live to be 25 to 30 and have a full life and just be happy and healthy," he added.

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