A Miracle for Midnite: the little horse with a prosthetic leg

Have you seen the story of this little mini who received a prosthetic leg? They said in one of the videos that within minutes of being fit for the leg he took off running on his own!

At first I didn’t understand this little horses story but after reading this article I started to understand. Here is an excerpt but I suggest reading the whole article for the complete story.

“The little horse was malnourished and miserable. Midnite had been neglected by his owners. To make matters worse, Midnite was born with a deformity in one of his back legs. The deformed leg is much shorter than the other three and does not have a hoof or a coffin bone.

Midnite could scarcely walk at all. Lying down was a problem also, because a horse needs four good legs in order to stand back up from a prone position. Midnite spent most of his days standing in one place, shifting his weight from one of his three good legs to another, and trying to avoid walking or moving.”

It was interesting to listen to the folks from Ranch Hand Rescue discuss the options and decision making going into rescuing

Maybe the best part of the story…after watching Midnite running so free, is the idea that he can, and has, inspired others. The idea that children who are waiting to be fit for their own prosthetics can be inspired by this little guy really touched me. We so often look to horses for their physical power and grace but this little mini is also showing us perseverance and the power to accept life even when it isn’t perfect.

 “Midnite also makes special trips to call on disabled children in the area. For example, this summer he was an honored guest at the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital summer camp, a camp for children with physical disabilities and other medical needs. Midnite has become the special friend of many physically disabled children, disabled veterans and amputees, who he inspires with his charm and spirit.”

Here is another video of Midnite. Even though the last video isn’t directly about him but instead about how rescued horses can help people it is really worth watching.

This video is more about Ranch Hand Rescue but does a great job of showing how rescued horses can help people. If you want to see Midnite at work skip to 1:55 in the video.




  1. Tracy Johnson on September 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Thank you Stacy for sharing these inspiring stories. I have tears in my eye seeing the miracle of love towards these animals. Midnight’s story is amazing and what a great new lease on life he has too. I know how animals can help, I have Fibromyalgia and have terrible crippling anxiety attacks. I was getting 11+ attacks a day and i couldn’t leave my house for 18 months I saw an add on Kijiji about leasing a horse from a stables. I had built up the courage with my Daughter by my side to go to the Stables to ask some questions about leasing a horse there. After getting on a horse named Big Win an ex race horse, and my first time in a saddle and first time on a horse in over 30 years i was hooked again. I have always love Equine’s and this was a new feeling for me. I have become a volunteer at the stable 20 months ago now and i have never looked back. Being around the horses was great, I have a new friend Sue who owns the horses. we have a lot of laughs while mucking out or cleaning the automatic water system and my anxiety attacks now are few. I don’t go every day now but the friendship and the horses are always there for me to visit. I was given a horse called Whizzy bear, he is my inspiration, again an ex race horse a pacer and very competitive in his racing career. He only has one eye and he has been that way since he was two. The bond between us is so strong, he does everything i as of him and he is rewarded with his favourite treats, Banana’s Carrots apples and Gatorade. LOL, Not all at once of course. I know that handicapped people are now riding horses & ponies, and Mentally challenged individuals and abuse victims are finding it easier to trust because of the animals, I have see it first hand and it brings a tear to your eye every time. Thank you again Stacy you are also an inspiration to me, when i saw you riding Roxy after your father past away i had tears in my eyes then too that you could carry on so soon after his death and do such a fantastic performance was truly remarkable. Thank you Stacy for being you.

  2. Bobbi on September 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Watching Midnite run made me cry, too!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Heather on September 20, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I need this

  4. http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com on September 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    This is a beautiful, heart-warming and heart-lifting story. Thank you.

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