Chippewa-The Wonder Horse!
Little baby Chippewa, the young foal who we have been featuring in the EP News, continues to make progress each and every day.
According to Dr. Marie Richardson (Dr. C) “For the past 11 weeks I have been with Chippewa at least three times a day with tube feedings. Last weekend, I unfortunately lost a very dear uncle and attended his funeral in Louisiana. I had to be away for three days. Chip still gets tube fed a few times a day to get his formula.
Although he is eating alfalfa, like it is going out of style, he still refuses to eat pellets or drink his milk. I do ask him sometimes, “What self respecting horse doesn’t like carrots or apples?” He just looks at me with those big brown eyes and blinks his long eyelashes. I guess he is really telling me, “That’s not really my problem and can you just pass me some more alfalfa.”
While I was gone, Chip didn’t get any milk because tube feeding him is truly a veterinarian’s job. Of course when I was driving in Louisiana I saw a zillion (not an exaggeration) foals with their moms and got the caretaker guilt syndrome. Truly, while I was away, he did fine…he feels a bit thinner but he has started eating even better. I still will give him some feedings but I hope that we will be able to wean him soon.
When I returned, I did get a very warm hello. Well, I like to believe that it was a hello and not a scolding. I very rarely curse or cuss as some people say. There are some words that you will NEVER hear me say. He may have been saying those words in horse lingo but I’d prefer just to live in my “Walton’s world” and believe that he was just very glad that I was home and that he had missed me.
Chip is very comfortable here at the hospital. He has made great friends with Elliot our cat. He still hasn’t figured out what to do when Elliot rubs all around his legs or his face but he seems to enjoy the attention.
Elliot has made a complete turn around. At first, he was not thrilled with the newcomer and to the dismay of my staff, was very vocal about his objections but now he has come to accept him as a family member. I am sure that he’ll miss him when he finally goes to his new home or maybe it will be like siblings and secretly, he’ll be happy that he is gone. Either way it is kind of fun to watch them together. I have my suspicions that they get into mischief at night together but I haven’t been able to prove anything yet.
We still haven’t gotten to see the farrier yet, but hopefully soon. Chip is quite relieved that the snow is gone. If it never snowed again he would be happy. Thank you again for all of your support. We are all very grateful.”
The supplies and medication needed to treat little Chip are very expensive. The medications, bedding and food costs add up quickly.
If you would like to help out Dr. C with some of Chippewa’s medical and housing expenses, you can drop off or mail a donation in care of the Friends of Chippewa Fund to the Animal Hospital of the Rockies, P.O. Box 2897, Estes Park, CO 80517. Any size donation would make a difference in the life of this young horse who has such a determined will to live.
Thank you and keep watching the EP News for further updates.