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Windchill the colt takes a stand

Windchill, the colt found near death two weekends ago, is taking great strides toward improving. Or more like hesitant, wobbly steps. After a week of being unable to rise because his forelegs had been damaged by exposure to the cold, Windchill wa...

Windchill, the colt found near death two weekends ago, is taking great strides toward improving. Or more like hesitant, wobbly steps.

After a week of being unable to rise because his forelegs had been damaged by exposure to the cold, Windchill was able to walk around his stall unassisted Monday night -- the first time he's been able to walk after a week of lying on the ground.

"He walked around and sniffed everything and chewed on stuff," said Kathi Davis, who has been assisting with Windchill's recovery. "He was just like a normal horse last night."

Davis said Windchill was hoisted about a foot above the ground from a lying position Monday morning and then got up the rest of the way himself.

Windchill would not lie down between 6:20 p.m. Monday and

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11 a.m. Tuesday, when he finally had to take a rest, she said.

"He slept with his little chin on the stall so he wouldn't fall over," Davis said. "He just wouldn't lie down."

Windchill was rescued Feb. 9 and brought to Jeff Tucker's Raindance Farms in South Range. The 9-month-old Tennessee walking horse-Appaloosa cross had been left out in subzero temperatures with no shelter for at least four hours that day. He apparently hadn't had access to proper food, water or shelter before that.

Windchill is now eating healthily -- though avoiding his unappetizing vet-prescribed supplements -- and even frolicking a little. Davis said when she checked on him at 3 a.m. Tuesday, he and Case, the horse next to him, had found a way to work off Windchill's new halter.

It is still unclear what charges, if any, will be brought against Windchill's owner or the people with whom he was being boarded.

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