Midnite the horse with a prosthetic limb
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Miniature horse fitted with prosthetic leg

23 March 2011 Last updated at 15:04 GMT

A miniature horse born without most of his right rear leg has been given a new lease of life, thanks to some ingenious engineering.

Four-year-old Midnite was born without most of his right rear leg.

His carers approached a firm which makes prosthetic limbs for humans and asked if they could help.

Staff at the North Texas horse rescue group, Ranch Hand Rescue, feared Midnite would have to be euthanised after they received the horse from police who had seized him from a neglectful owner.

But Bob Williams, from the rescue centre, said he was thrilled when Midnite broke into a gallop for the first time.