America's Last Wild Horses: The Classic Study of the Mustangs--Their Pivotal Role in the History of the West, Their Return to the Wild, and the Ongoing Efforts to Preserve Them

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Globe Pequot, Jul 1, 2005 - Nature - 345 pages
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No wild animal captures the spirit of North America quite so powerfully as the wild horse--nor has any faced such diverse and potent enemies. In this provocative account, Hope Ryden--who helped to ensure the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which grants mustangs special protection--combs the history of these proud and noble horses. Descended from the Spanish horses ridden by the conquistadors, they evolved into the tough and intelligent ponies that Indians--and later, explorers and cowboys--learned to rely on.

From the period when wholesale extermination of the buffalo was under way until recent times, commercial and political interests have sought to eliminate the wild horses as varmints. In this update to this classic story, Ryden tells of the successes and failures of regulation, and includes stunning color photographs. The subject of a front-page article in The New York Times when it was first published, America's Last Wild Horses continues to be a compelling testament to the life of a uniquely American symbol of grace and wildness, and is a must-read for horse lovers and Western history enthusiasts everywhere.
  

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User Review  - appaloosa - LibraryThing

This book first came to my attention when I saw a review of it in Time Magazine, 1970(!), and then again in a National Geographic issue 1977. My first copy (Ballantine Books, Inc. May 1973) became so ... Read full review

Review: America's Last Wild Horses: The Classic Study of the Mustangs--Their Pivotal Role in the History of the West, Their Return to the Wild, and the Ongoing Efforts to Preserve Them

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Lots of history. Good backround but a little dated. Read full review

Contents

The More Things Change the More They
9
The Controversial Horses 75
15
The Question of Origin
18
j The Question of Blood
24
Attempts to Recover the Spanish Horse
29
The Return of the Native
41
The Horse Transforms the Plains Indians
48
Indian WarHorses
54
A Psychological Development
105
A HorseRemoval Program
109
The Wild Horses Thrive on the Plains
117
Overlord and Defender
130
if Cow Ponies
145
The Slaughter of the Buffaloes
167
2j Who Owns the Wild Horses?
183
On the Track of WildHorse History
198

The Scattering of Horses
63
p Explorers Use Indian Ponies
69
Explorers Lose Horses
73
Explorers Capture Wild Horses
79
The Question of Size
84
ij The Appaloosa Horse p 14 Settlers Use the Cayuses
98
Wild Horse Annie
215
No Room for Wild Horses
232
j An Aroused Public Fights
252
jj Victory for Wild Horses
279
jj Twenty Years of Mustang Mismanagement
292
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About the author (2005)

Hope Ryden is the award-winning author of more than twenty books on wild animals, including God's Dog, Bobcat Year, Lily Pond, and Wild Horses I Have Known. She lives in Wolf Lake, New York.

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