Mustangby Sharon Curtin (Text by), Iva Momatiuk (Photographer), Eric Baker (Designed by), Greg Simpson (Designed by), John Eastcott (Photographer)
Early man wiped out the progenitors of today's mustang--but not before the small, tough, ancestral grazer had escaped across the Bering Land Bridge to proliferate and evolve through the centuries and
In the semi-arid deserts, hills and canyons of Wyoming, Nevada and other Western states, live the surviving herds of one of America's last remaining native species.
Early man wiped out the progenitors of today's mustang--but not before the small, tough, ancestral grazer had escaped across the Bering Land Bridge to proliferate and evolve through the centuries and eventually to become domesticated in other parts of the world. Eons later, and vastly changed, the horse returned to America with the Spanish and with the legions of European colonizers.
Once again, rich grasslands became home, this time to escaped Andalusians, Arabians, racers, cavalry mounts, and farm and work horses of every description. Very soon a splendid hybrid--the American Mustang--roved the wild plains by the millions, becoming a main resource for Americans, in a union so intimate and profound that men still measure power by the number of horses.
Yet in the end, it is the beauty of these creatures that speaks to us. And it is beauty that is caught in this book. In a superb union of prose and breathtaking photography, the creators of Mustang have captured the poignant drama of a wild and magnificent survivor, and of the land that gave it birth. The story of the mustang is the story of America, and in a much larger sense, it is the story of mankind.
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