He is called Blaze by those who have tracked the genetics of the TRNP wild horses for over 60 years. He is a wild stallion and lived in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, ND.
I encountered him in November of 2012 after a long hike into the back country, my life was enriched and changed in many, many ways . Although he changed worlds in March of 2017 he will always remain my ‘spirit horse’.
“But the thing about remembering is that you don’t forget.” ~Tim O’Brien
This image….captured on a very early morning in May of 2015 on the Fly Without Wings journey…is still one that I treasure the most! Alone in the back country, along the north ridge, in the crispness of the badlands, and his least favorite mare, Escape!
Blaze always had a tell when approaching that roan mare, Escape, who I affectionately called his “B!$@h” mare. She garnered that title because of the nasty way she treated Blaze. She would squeal, kick, bite and strike…without fail when he would get close, so he would approach with great caution, thus his ‘tell’.
As I watched him eyeing her with that look he would get, I couldn’t wait to see what he would do. They were on a ridge above me when he made his classic move to greet her. The rest they say is history, or for me anyway, as I gaze at this image and remember!
We donate a percentage of the sale of this print to Walk By Faith Therapeutic Riding, a legitimate non-profit located in northern Minnesota, who use wild horses adopted from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in their programs, providing hope to the lives of children and veterans.