There’s always a first for everything.
Jackie and Scott Nelson have owned their Down Under Colour ranch in Melbourne, Florida for many years. They are famous for their beautiful American Paint Horses. Years of experience with their horses includes both the breeding and birthing process. It’s pretty safe to assume that not a lot could surprise them during the birth of a filly.
Poka gave birth to 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 Indigenous cultures across the United States. These horses were known to have supernatural powers and bring good luck. Believed to sense impending danger and protect the rider during battle, only the Chief or Medicine Man were allowed to ride them in the tribe.
Why are they so special?
These horses are completely white. Colored patches cover the ears and top of the head. Other markings are possible too. If they have a patch of color on their chest, like Coconut does, this is known as their shield. Another factor that creates an even more rare Medicine Hat Horse is having one blue eye that has a black line around it. Coconut has this too!
The one blue eye is known as the “Sky Eye.”
Down Under Colour explains, “This eye in Indian Mythology is called a Sky Eye. If the Chief or Medicine Man dies in battle then this one blue sky eye will carry their spirits to their Gods.”
Coconut was truly a sight to behold. She was not only a Medicine Hat Horse but also had other markings that made her extremely rare. What a moment. She really is special.
It is no surprise that they wanted to show off Coconut at only two days old.
Jackie and Scott Nelson recorded Coconut and Poka on their first outside excursion a day after the birth. Coconut is still getting used to her wobbly legs but really loves the outdoors. All the horses on the ranch came to see Coconut and Poka too. They lined up against the fence to get a real close look at Coconut.
There’s a new kid in town.
Coconut gets the hang of it and starts running around. If she thought she could run on her own, she was mistaken. Anywhere that Coconut runs her mother is right behind her. When Coconut gets really close to the fence, Poka will stand guard between Coconut and any other person or animal.
Coconut has one protective mother!
Coconut even gets her first kiss from the family dog!
Every member of the Down Under Colour farm wanted a bit of attention from the rare filly. Even the dog refused to be left out. Coconut seems just as interested in the dog but once the dogs gives her a kiss, she pulls back. This filly isn’t ready for that!
Watch the full video right below but prepare to fall in love with Coconut.
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