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Little Chippewa Beating The Odds With Help From All Who Love Him

Little baby Chippewa, the young foal who we have been featuring in the EP News, continues to make great progress. According to Dr. Marie Richardson (Dr. C), “Chip continues to gain strength each day. Dr Moak and I, after watching his development over the past few weeks, have concluded that Chip may have been premature. Although he is now six weeks old his movements and behaviors are quite similar to a one-two week foal which is quite common with premies, even human infants that are born early. As time goes by that developmental gap will narrow.

Most of his physical problems are resolving and he has begun to chew and nibble on grass and hay. He is still being tube fed because he has refused to drink his milk from a bucket but he is quite capable of doing so. Therefore we have cut down the number of tube feedings a day in order to have him become a bit hungry. Because he is growing and doing so remarkably better we are being very careful not to take a step backward by withholding too much. He does not appreciate this step and takes the opportunity to let us know by being very vocal. He loves the sun and first thing in the morning when he goes out he generally runs and jumps, kicking up his heels like a normal foal. He doesn’t particularly care for the wind but we have explained to him that he is an Estes horse and so he has to learn to deal with it as we all do.

We keep trying to explain to him that if he starts eating better on his own that he can grow up to be a Clydesdale. OK, so maybe we don’t have him totally fooled but just don’t tell him that Budweiser only hires Clydesdales.”

As one might imagine, the supplies and medication needed to treat little Chip are very expensive. The medications, bandaging, bedding and food costs add up quickly.

If you would like to help out Dr. C with some of Chippewa’s medical 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 in advance from little Chippewa and Dr. C, and keep watching the EP News for further updates.

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