Scott and Jackie Nelson, horse breeders based in Melbourne, Florida, have gained recognition for their exceptional paint horses at their ranch, Down Under Colour. Their horses have consistently won accolades at horse shows. Recently, the couple was surprised – and delighted – by the birth of a filly with rare markings. They affectionately named her Coconut.

Coconut the Filly

Coconut’s markings bear great significance. In the past, such markings would have designated her as a war horse, a highly prized possession among indigenous people. These horses held a special place in the hearts and minds of the tribe.

The tribe’s medicine man, an important figure in indigenous culture, served as a spiritual guide and healer. He held the responsibility for the tribe’s mental and physical well-being. To fulfill his role, the medicine man would only ride a war horse.

A war horse is characterized by its pinto pattern, with a white coat and a small patch that covers the top of its head and ears. These markings are often referred to as a ‘medicine hat’ or a ‘war bonnet.’ However, the value of a war horse extends beyond its appearance.

A true war horse must also have one blue eye. According to indigenous tradition, the blue eye served as a conduit for the spirit of the medicine man. If the medicine man was to fall in battle, his spirit would be transported to the Gods through the blue eye of the war horse.

War horses were believed to possess extraordinary powers. Natives believed that they kept the medicine man and tribe members safe from harm. Additionally, war horses were thought to have an uncanny ability to track game that would otherwise go unnoticed in the forest.

In a further testament to their significance, tribes would often attempt to steal war horses from rival tribes. They believed that by capturing a war horse, they could weaken the rival tribe by taking their good magic. As a result, war horses were jealously guarded by tribes.

When Jackie and Scott first observed Coconut’s unique markings, they were overcome with astonishment. Capturing the magic of that moment, the couple shared a video, which has now been viewed nearly 4 million times. Coconut’s birth is a rare occurrence, and the couple feels incredibly fortunate.

So, what do you think about Coconut’s arrival? Do you find the indigenous folklore surrounding war horses fascinating? Share this article and video with your friends who might also appreciate the remarkable fortune of Scott and Jackie.