POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 3:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 3:19pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — An animal rescue group that outfitted a miniature horse with a prosthetic leg last year has done it again. Ranch hand rescue in Argyle, Texas put a prosthetic leg on another horse, and this time, the horse is full-size.
It's a second chance at life. Phoenix is beating the odds with his new prosthetic leg.
"Denton County Sheriff called us and said he was going to be euthanized,” Bob Williams, owner of Ranch Hand Rescue, said. “It was a pretty severe case. His hoof wall and his hoof were completely torn off."
This wasn't the first time Bob Williams has taken in an animal in this condition.
"They are the throw-aways, the ones no one else wants," he said.
Just a year ago, Ranch Hand Rescue saved Midnite, a miniature horse in need of a prosthetic leg.
"This type of prosthetic that we do without amputation could really change the way that people look at these types of injuries,” he explained. “Pretty traditionally they put them down."
In both cases, Williams refused to give up.
"I can't sleep at night if I don't know that I've done everything possible to help these guys."
Phoenix may be much larger than Midnite, but like his friend, he's on his way to a full recovery.
"He actually has taken off running."
Ranch Hand Rescue wants to use both of these animals to inspire humans. They plan to travel around, encouraging others with disabilities.
"God works in mysterious ways,” Williams concludes. “If we can help kids and if we can help wounded warriors and veterans and other people that have gone through severe trauma and show them that there is hope, then it doesn't get any better than saving animals and helping people."