Say Hello to Chip, the New Insider Circle Horse!

I am really excited! I am taking a new horse “Chip” in training for my project horse for the Insider Circle and Extended Circle Program that will be starting this spring on April16th, 2011.  The official announcement will be soon, and that is when you will be able to register for those of you who are interested. The Insider Circle will be open to 40 students in two separate classes, and the Extended Circle program will be open to everyone. You will get to read all about the course details soon.

Back to Chip!

Chip is a yearling wild horse that was taken from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s band of wild horses in the North Dakota Badlands. He was three months old when he was taken from his mother. He had pneumonia and had to be nursed back to health. In the process of his recovery, he developed orphan foal syndrome. He lost his social skills and instincts he was born with from too much human handling to get him well. It will be my job to raise him back to what his natural behavior would have been.

Natural Instincts

When a foal is born, he is born with many instinctual behaviors and natural attitudes. A horse is born to want to fit in with other horses. They are born with a natural politeness. Their herding instincts are to move away from anything that is approaching them, and to follow anything that is leaving them. These tendencies are what all herd animals have, and it helps them to survive in nature.

Chip Badlands Horse

More about Chip

Chip has no fear of humans, and is pushy and demanding. He can fight you if you try to get him to do something he doesn’t want to do. Rather than move away from you- he will move into you. He is also a natural crowder. This is the one instinct he has retained that I will need to remove. Most of his nature is lost to him, but I can tell that inside he is uncomplicated and willing. I have already worked with him for two sessions, and he responded nicely- but it is obvious it will take me one or two months to fix him so that he knows how to feel well adjusted and fit in with humans.

Fun Facts about Chip

  • Chip’s papered name is "Badlands Been There Dun It".
  • His daily call name is "Chip"
  • He is a feral horse out of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota.
  • He was born on July 23, 2009 and is a light red dun.
  • His dam is a flaxen Chestnut, his sire a Bay Dun.
  • He was rounded up on October 21, 2009.
  • He was sold at auction on October 23, 2009 on his 3 month birthday.
  • His first 7 months of captivity were spent in Rochester, Minnesota with Nola and Dave Robson who fostered him until he was old enough and gentle enough to haul to California.
  • He now resides in Murrieta California and is owned by Eileen Norton and Bill Schlichter.
  • His training began with Carolyn Resnick, February 21, 2011

I know the end will bring a cross-species bond that will bring both me and him a more magical life. I will help him get back what he lost, and I will have memories to keep me warm when it is time for him to go back home. All of you that will be in the Insider Circle and Extended Circle class will get to see Chip’s development and how I use the Rituals to develop a willing, respectful, yearling wild horse.

Chip’s owner Eileen Norton was kind enough to share some fabulous photos of chip and some of the other scenes of the horses at the Park. Thank You Eileen!

I look forward to new horse and human sightings! Have a great weekend! Carolyn

North Dakota Badland Horse

More Info about the North Dakota Badlands Horses

For more information on Chip and other North Dakota Badlands Horses there is a wonderful blog available for you to visit called “Wild Horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park” by Marylu Weber. There are many great photos to see as well on the blog! The link to the blog is:

North Dakota Badland Horse