Face to Face With Wild Horsesby Yva Momatiuk
You approach with caution, drawn to their equine beauty. The sleek stallion, the magnificent mare, and the gentle foal look like any happy family. But don’t get too close. These are wild horses, untamed by humans. Now photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott take you inside the world of the wild horse. This husband-and-wife team of committed experts makes… See more details below
You approach with caution, drawn to their equine beauty. The sleek stallion, the magnificent mare, and the gentle foal look like any happy family. But don’t get too close. These are wild horses, untamed by humans. Now photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott take you inside the world of the wild horse. This husband-and-wife team of committed experts makes a case for the conservation of one of America’s favorite wild species.
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Do you know the difference between a "feral" horse and a truly "wild" horse? Horses that used to live with people but have escaped or were let loose by their owners are called feral. But wild horses have never been tamed or kept in captivity. Authors and photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott take the reader "face to face" with free-roaming horses who live off the rugged land of the American West. They explain how the native wild horses of the American plains spread through Asia and into Europe where they were later domesticated, then died out in North America, but were brought back to this continent in the early 1500s by Spanish explorers. Some of them escaped and became truly wild animals again. With stories of their first-hand experiences and copious full color photographs, Momatiuk and Eastcott tell about the wild horses' family, or harem, bands, consisting of a dominant stallion, his mares, and their foals. They also discuss the importance of managing the herds both to preserve them and to balance their needs with those of others. In addition to side bars with interesting tidbits on how horses communicate and what they eat, there are five pages of additional material at the end of the book with suggestions on how we can help protect wild horses, "Facts at a Glance," a glossary, and a section on where to find out more information, plus an index for quick reference. If children like reading about animals, "wild horses" won't be able to drag them away from this book.