Mother Nature is amazing, isn’t she? She makes no mistakes and only creates masterpieces…like this gorgeous foal…
Jackie and Scott Nelson have owned their Down Under Colour ranch in Melbourne, Florida for many years. They are known for their beautiful American Paint Horses. They have years of experience with their horses, including breeding and birthing.So it’s safe to assume that nothing will surprise them during the birth of a filly.They were in for a big surprise, however, when they saw the new filly that had joined their family.
Poka gave birth to a filly, Coconut, and Coconut is a very rare type of horse referred to as a Medicine Hat. A Medicine Hat Horse is a revered horse within the Indigenous culture throughout the United States. These horses were known to have supernatural powers and bring good luck. These horses were believed to sense impending danger and protect the rider during battle. Only the Chief or Medicine Man were allowed to ride a Medicine Hat Horse in the tribe.
What makes a Medicine Hat Horse different from others ? A Medicine Hat Horse is white with colored patches covering its ears and top of the head.They can also have other markings.This is known as their shield if they have a patch of color on their chest, as Coconut does.Another factor that makes a Medicine Hat Horse even more rare is having one blue eye with a black line around it, which Coconut also has.
The one blue eye is known as the “Sky Eye.” .”According to Down Under Colour, “This eye is known as a Sky Eye in Indian Mythology.”If the Chief or Medicine Man dies in battle, their spirits will be carried to their Gods by this one blue sky eye.”
When Jackie and Scott Nelson first saw Coconut, it must have been a sight to behold.She was not only a Medicine Hat Horse, but she also had additional markings that made her even more unique.This is a unique and lovely filly.It’s not surprising that they wanted to show off Coconut even though he was only two days old.
A day after their birth, Jackie and Scott Nelson captured Coconut and Poka on their first outing.Coconut is still adjusting to her wobbly legs, but she appears to enjoy being outside with her mother.Coconut and Poka are visited by all of the horses on the ranch.The horses form a line against the fence to get the best view of Coconut.These horses are curious about the new kid in town.
Coconut quickly begins to run around on her lanky legs.She was mistaken if she thought she could run on her own.Coconut’s mother follows her wherever she goes.Poka will stand guard between Coconut and any other person or animal if Coconut gets too close to the fence.Coconut has a fiercely protective mother!
Coconut even gets her first kiss from the family dog! Every member of the Down Under Colour farm wants to get a bit of attention from the rare filly and their dog did not want to be left out. Coconut seems just as interested in the dog but once the dogs gives her a kiss, she backs it up. She was not ready to be that close with the dog!