Enables a horse and rider to become one – transfers adrenaline from rider to horse, allowing the horse to perform great feats of speed and strength at the cost of the rider's life. Discovered when two jockeys, who had been in perfect health, were suddenly drained of all their adrenaline and both fell into comas. A stable boy was placing the blanket under the saddles of jockeys he believed were mistreating their horses. Collected by Steve and Claudia.
Real World ConnectionEditSitting Bull, Indian name Tatanka Iyotake, was an Indian chief who united the Sioux tribes against American settlers and the United States government. He is most remembered for his life-long struggle against the white man and his stubborn determination to resist their domination. On June 25, 1865, a number of Indian tribes missed a federal deadline to move to reservations. The U.S. Army dispatched the 7th Calvary, lead by Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, to confront them. Custer underestimated the number of Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors under Sitting Bull's command. Custer and his forces were outnumbered and quickly overwhelmed in what became know as The Battle of the Little Bighorn or Custer's Last Stand. Throughout 1890, the U.S. government worried about the increasing influence at Pine Ridge of the Ghost Dance spiritual movement, which taught that Indians had been defeated and confined to reservations because they had angered the gods by abandoning their traditional customs. On December 15, 1890, reservation police tried to arrest Sitting Bull, the famous Sioux chief, who they mistakenly believed was a Ghost Dancer, and killed him in the process, increasing the tensions at Pine Ridge. On December 29, the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry surrounded a band of Ghost Dancers under Big Foot, a Lakota Sioux chief, near Wounded Knee Creek and demanded they surrender their weapons. As that was happening, a fight broke out between an Indian and a U.S. soldier and a shot was fired, although it's unclear from which side. A brutal massacre followed, in which it's estimated 150 Indians were killed (some historians put this number at twice as high), nearly half of them women and children. The incident was forever known as the Wounded Knee Massacre and was the last major conflict of the Indians Wars. Some historians speculate that the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry were deliberately taking revenge for the regiment's defeat at Little Bighorn.