The End Of An Era

The End of An Era.

Death. It is a natural part of the cycle of life. It is the end, the completion of what we were placed on this Earth to achieve. Gray Ghost was, and always will be, one of my favorite wild horses. He called the Badlands of North Dakota his home.

The warm North Dakota breeze softly blows his mane, as he soaks in the spring sun, warming his bones after the harsh winter. He could feel his body beginning to fail him. His once shiny, healthy stark white coat is now dull, stained and gives him a feeble appearance.

His mane that once defined him, is now drowning him, giving him an even more skeletal appearance.  He stands with his herd, watching as they graze the meadow in front of him.

The meadow he always loved, where he always came home to.  As he stands overlooking the meadow, it becomes more and more apparent that this will be his last summer here.  Looking back on a life that has been fulfilled, it feels bitter sweet.

For years, he protected his mares, stole mares and lost mares. He brought his herd protection, and established a legacy in the bloodlines of the herds in the Badlands of North Dakota.

Through it all, through the years he roamed the range as a bachelor to the years he ran with his natal band, and the last few days of his life, when one last mare stood by his side while he passed, his soul was always cherished. His presence in the park calling like a silent King. A herd that rarely mingled with other stallions. A herd that was independent of the rest of the park. Gray Ghost created something completely unique and different than almost every other band in the park.

Gray Ghost was a favorite by many, artists and guests alike. His strong, gorgeous body confirmation made his colts a favorite by horseman, and his thick, unicorn like mane and tail made him a favorite for artists, and his white coat made him a favorite with all, because he truly felt like the unicorn in the park.

Gray Ghost passed in the fall of 2018, and his presence will forever be missed in the park.  His Spirit will continue run wild, with famous stallions such as Blaze, Singlefoot, Wind Canyon and many more.

Celebrate their lives, instead of mourning their deaths. Cherish the legacies that were created and the impact they make on the situation, instead of the pain that comes with their loss. It's hard for us to set aside our emotions and wrangle our pain when we experience loss,  but a shift in perspective can take you from mourning a loss- to celebrating a life.

Victoria Dellapaolera
Victoria Dellapaolera

Victoria is a Christian minister practicing spiritual healing and development in Williston, North Dakota. Victoria has worked with horses her entire life, and has learned many of her healing techniques from the horses.

She graduated from West Virginia University in 2020 Magna Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in Human Services and Sports and Exercise Psychology; gaining her associates degree in Farm and Ranch Management and Equitation from Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana in 2012.

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