For those who might be cynical when it comes to miracles, the true story of Kitty Silverwings might change your mind.  Born with multiple life threatening defects her owner Patti Ansuini was advised by her veterinarians that the humane thing to do would be to euthanize the chestnut blanketed filly immediately.  Ansuini, who says she doesn’t hope for miracles, she counts on them, spent the next three months sleeping in the filly’s stall, helping her stand to nurse, bandaging legs, dressing wounds and providing physical and moral support when all efforts seemed lost.  If you love horses, or just an inspiring read, you will enjoy this well-written, compelling story of love, courage and dogged determination.

 

  — Darrell Dodds, Publisher, Western Horseman magazine

Date:  September 7, 2018

 

RE:  Book Review Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story

 

Patti Ansuini, author of this book, presented it to me at the Saint Clare’s Parish annual festival; I promised to read it on my upcoming flight to the Azores Islands. Soon after my curiosity got the better of me, (I’m an avid reader, both in English, and Portuguese my native and primary language).  It took me a while to pick up on this book, but when I did it is needless to say, that I read it in one week.  I ended up having to take other books on my planned 12 hour flight.

 

The book transported me to the world of horses, a subject in which I have little expertise.  Much more than a story about horses, it made me a believer in the power of the relationship between a woman and her horse.  Kitty Silverwings, despite being born with extreme limitations was through faith, and a firm belief in the power of God by her owner Patti, was not only ‘cured’ but went on to become a champion show horse.

 

Kitty Silverwings, an Appaloosa Story is a book that captured me with the vivid details so much so, that I completely lost track of time as I read it.  It made me a believer in the power of loving relationships that with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, makes miracles happen.  This is not a fictional story, but a story shared by the author of her own life experience; her love for horses took her far from what you would consider the norm that most people could or would experience.  Kitty Silverwings responded to the love she felt from Patti, and in kind worked very hard at overcoming her terrible handicaps.  They accomplished miraculous things because of their love for each other.

 

 I am grateful for the gift of this book of love and miracles, and I wish to thank Patti for her generosity in presenting it to me.

 

 Obrigado,

J. Arruda

 

 

Your story and powerful testimony of Kitty and your survivals is breathtaking.  Something FAR greater is going on and God chose you and Kitty to be the stars!!  Thank you for sharing.  Somehow a friend of mine gave me the Aug 2015 Guideposts & it was 2017 when she gave it to me!!  God works ALL things out for HIS GLORY!! Continue with your good work; it is touching thousands of lives!  God Bless YOU and Kitty !!!

— T. Morris

 

This book speaks volumes about so many things, on so many levels. Patti’s down-to-earth writing style, with snippets of comic relief sprinkled about, makes for an enjoyable read. She leads us on a legendary journey with Little Bird and Shine of the Nez Perez Indians, helping us to understand the indisputable spiritual bond between humans and horses. Then, she skillfully shares the real-life story of her journey with the beautiful and courageous “Kitty Silverwings”, who was most certainly placed on this earth to teach us that miracles are indeed possible. Finally, she helps us see that “the One God” hears our pleas and answers our call. In many instances, Patti also reminds us that when we get out of God’s way He is able to do great things!

 

It doesn’t take a historian to appreciate the sacred life and hardships of the Nez Perez Indians. You don’t have to be a veterinarian or doctor to recognize the myriad of medical struggles that Kitty and Patti each overcame with the support of each other. It doesn’t require you to be a horse person or trainer in order to appreciate Patti’s respectful style of communication with Kitty, developing a relationship built on kindness, respect and trust. You don’t even have to be a believer to acknowledge the real-life miracles of both Kitty and Patti. This book is easy to read and hard to put down. One of my favorites!

 

  — Janine Hartley, CVT, Operations Manager, Wild Hearts Equine Therapeutic Center, Inc.

FYI

(I wanted you to know that I finally re-read your book over the Christmas holiday. Even though I had read it a couple years ago, I still cried! On an airplane no less!! At any rate, I struggled with what to write because I had so much to say. The story of Little Bird and Shine is one facet, then the story of Kitty's miraculous survival and will to live, the tender way you cared for and trained Kitty, plus your own struggle to beat cancer. Not to to mention the weaving in and out of God's presence.

The parallels you drew between you and Little Bird still strikes me. You should know that Little Bird still rides with me every day in my old Chevy truck, to and from the farm where my horses are boarded and where we conduct therapy. I love the way you communicate with Kitty, being respectful and kind...giving her the dignity of listening to her. For a short book, it is packed with a lot of things to process!!

I'm not sure you still need it at this point, but below is my summarization of the book and how it spoke to me. I hope it's okay. And I hope you are all moving into 2017 with a healthy zest for life! Give Kitty a smooch for me! Maybe one day things will slow down and I'll make a trip to see you guys!! If you're ever in SC, be sure to look us up!!

— Janine

 

 

Your story and powerful testimony of Kitty and your survivals is breathtaking.  Something FAR greater is going on and God chose you and Kitty to be the stars!!  Thank you for sharing.  Somehow a friend of mine gave me the Aug 2015 Guideposts & it was 2017 when she gave it to me!!  God works ALL things out for HIS GLORY!! Continue with your good work; it is touching thousands of lives!  God Bless YOU and Kitty !!!

— T. Morris

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