Spirit of the Warhorse,
An Appaloosa Story, by Patti Ansuini
Miracles never get old!
... every week we hear from people who say that they've read Kitty's story, and have given it the credit for a cure that was only possible by the renewal of their faith in Miracles. Each message we receive is always our favorite. They come in the form of emails and letters, but by far my favorite are those that say miracles aren't possible and they have never believed in them, and then all at once the miracle happens and they are now sky bound. Know what I think? I think Kitty's story will live on long after we're gone.
As most of you probably know Kitty is descended from an ancient line of legendary Appaloosa war horses. An Appaloosa isn't just another horse breed; there is something extra special about an Appaloosa. Kitty is living proof of the truth in that statement.
Even if you were to look back on the Story of Nez Perce flight to Canada and how they and their beloved Appaloosas out-worked, out- maneuvered and endured far greater hardship than the best the American Military Indian fighters could muster.
My book is non-fiction even though the story may sound far too fantastical to be believed, Believe It! In reality, it goes far beyond fantastic all the way to in your face miraculous.
If you'd like to know more about the Nez Perce and who Kitty is and where she came from be sure to read Part I of Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story. It's a tale that will make an absolute believer of you.
Little Bird, Spotted Horse
and their beloved Shine.
Original art work by Mike Craig © Too Blonde Productions, 2014
The following Nez Perce were real people and their story is as I told it,
Pre-historic cave painting: The oldest prehistoric cave paintings were discovered in
France and Spain, including those around the spotted horses in Pech Merle, France.
It has been determined by researchers these spotted horses were real, not a fantasy as
The Nez Perce war was fought between June and October, 1877.
At least 700 men, women, and children led by Joseph and other Nez Perce chiefs were pursued by the U.S. Army under General Oliver 0. Howard in a 1,170-mile (1,900 km) fighting retreat known as the Nez Perce War. The skill with which the Nez Perce fought and the manner in which they conducted themselves in the face of incredible adversity earned them widespread admiration from their military opponents and the American public, and coverage of the war in U.S. newspapers led to popular recognition of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce.
Chief Joseph: (Hin-Mah-Too-Yah-Lat-Kekt).
Thunder Rolling Down The Mountain. 1840~1904
Route of the Nez Perce fighting retreat as they fled to Canada
Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana
Howard Terpning - Chief Joseph Rides to Surrender
Josephs famous surrender speech in a conditional surrender to US General Nelson Miles, on 10/5/1877, Paw Mountains, Montana
"I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed. Looking Glass is dead. Toohulhulsote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led the young men is dead.
It is cold and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death. My people. some of them. have run away to the hills and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are--perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children and see how many I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead.
Hear me. my chiefs. I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever. "
Just 40 miles from the Canadian border, Loo.king Glass, assured the tribal leaders that there was still had time to make it to Canada border before the Calvary attacked. Most tended to believe in Looking Glass as he was considered their primary war chief, but this time Looking Glass was wrong.
White Bird had been certain about the real threat of danger all along. Under cover of darkness he led 171 warriors, women and children and escaped on foot toward the medicine line (Canadian border). What in summer would have only taken a half days walk turned into a 10 day, hard fought journey fraught with peril. The food rations were meager and were under freezing near blizzard conditions. They crossed the Canadian border into Saskatchewan and were welcomed into Chief Sitting Bull's Lakota Sioux camp. They were taken into Sioux lodges, fed and clothed by their age old traditional enemies.
Yellow Wolf: (He-Mene-Mox Mox) 1855-1935: Chief of the Northern most band of Nez Perce. Yellow Wolf was held in high regard by all the Nez Perce bands. When he met in council with Chief Joseph and the other Chiefs he persuaded the bands they should gather and go north to Canada and remain there until the current crisis had passed. They would then return home. Yellow Wolf has a most powerful presence in Kitty's book, Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story.
Check out Part One.
Chief Looking Glass
Chief White Bird
Chief Yellow Wolf
Niimipuu 'We The People'
Peo Peo Tholekt, Nez Perce Warrior
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“Mom, tell me again how we rescued
Coke, it’s the real thing!
(Kitty gives it a 5 carrot rating)
Kitty’s 23rd Birthday celebration
Kitty's Story as covered in Guideposts Magazine
Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings,
An Appaloosa Story, spent most of 2015
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Miracles never get old!
Kitty and Patti made the cover of All Creatures, The Animals Who Share Our Lives (Guideposts Magazine). "What a blessing I've received from the BOSS; that our story lives on and was meant for so many others. Miracles are never small or made for one, they are meant for many to renew faith, sustain hope and give testimony to the power of love. Miracles are some of God's greatest gifts to humankind, never stop believing," says Patti.
Patti decided that if she ever found a portrait of what she thought Little Bird looked like she'd post it . . . Here she is! . . Little Bird.
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