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Update On Chippewa The Little Foal

Chip checking in with Paula Rozyla at the front desk.

Little baby Chippewa, the young foal who we have been featuring in the EP News, continues to do well.

According to Dr. Marie Richardson (Dr. C) “Chippewa experienced his first snow this week. Can you believe it? He will be eight weeks old this Sunday and he just saw his first real snow. When we were fighting each day for his life, I said that we were battling Mother Nature everyday because she wanted him.  But, I have to say, she really helped out with the weather this month. Anyway, I think that we may have him a bit spoiled.

He lives in an inside dog kennel with heated floors. He doesn’t quite appreciate the wind and this week he stayed in when the snow was falling. When the sun began to shine, we decided to get him outside for some fresh air. He walked out happily until he noticed the snow in his yard. Immediately, he put on his brakes. Have you ever seen a horse trained for calf roping? The rider ropes the calf and jumps off the horse. The horse slams on the brakes and keeps tension on the rope. Well, lo and behold, Chip is not training for the Derby as we had thought, I think that he may want to grow up to be a calf roping horse. He saw that snow and there was no moving him. The sky had just fallen. We walked ahead and played around in the snow to show him that there was nothing to be afraid of but he wanted nothing to do with the entire situation. He turned right around and headed for the door inside. He was in the reception area before we could get out of the snow. So here we are, wet feet and pants’ legs and he is inside trying to eat my Norfolk Pine and talking to the goldfish.

We haven’t had him on the scale lately but I stopped trying to pick him up weeks ago and now I think that he may be too heavy for my husband, Mike. Thank goodness he is strong enough not to slip on the tile floors of the hospital. When he was weaker, we had to carry him in and out or he would slip on the smooth floor but he is on his own now.

On the medical side of things, many remember that because he had received such a small amount of colostrum from his mother, we had to order him some specially made plasma to give him intravenously so that he would have some protection from disease. Well we tested his blood levels this week and his level of immunoglobulins are that of a normal foal…YEAHHH. Maybe this excites me more than most of you but just know that this is extremely important for his health. Now I may be able to get him out with some horses to start socializing him to teach him that he is in fact a horse…not a dog, cat, goldfish or even a human.  All of us have had a dog or cat that consider themselves human (or in the case of cats, above humans) but when an animal that weighs 1,100 pounds thinks that he is human…then we can have problems. So teaching him to be a horse is a very important part of his education.

We have gotten many cards, letters and donations from people all over the country. We truly appreciate all the help, prayers, and good wishes from everyone. It really makes our day. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you from the Animal Hospital of the Rockies and the Richardson Family.”

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 and keep watching the EP News for further updates, and on our website at

Photo courtesy Marie Richardson, Dr. C

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