The Mustangs

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J. Frank Dobie’s history of the “mustang”—from the Spanish mesteña, an animal belonging to (but strayed from) the Mesta, a medieval association of Spanish farmers—tells of its impact on the Spanish, English, and Native cultures of the West.
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Overview


J. Frank Dobie’s history of the “mustang”—from the Spanish mesteña, an animal belonging to (but strayed from) the Mesta, a medieval association of Spanish farmers—tells of its impact on the Spanish, English, and Native cultures of the West.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Herald Tribune

"This is a magnificent book, so packed with lore and legend that one is not conscious of the fact that it is history, too. Frank Dobie tells the story of the mustangs . . . The story too of the men, and the way of life the mustang brought into being."—New York Herald Tribune
New York Times

"Mr. Dobie brings together all his findings in a single book of solid scholarship, documented to the hilt, and inspired by his unflagging enthusiasm for the wild free creatures of the West. The Mustangs will probably remain the standard work on the subject."—New York Times
New York Times

"Mr. Dobie brings together all his findings in a single book of solid scholarship, documented to the hilt, and inspired by his unflagging enthusiasm for the wild free creatures of the West. The Mustangs will probably remain the standard work on the subject."—New York Times

New York Herald Tribune

"This is a magnificent book, so packed with lore and legend that one is not conscious of the fact that it is history, too. Frank Dobie tells the story of the mustangs . . . The story too of the men, and the way of life the mustang brought into being."—New York Herald Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803266506
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 786,282
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author


J. Frank Dobie (1888–1964) was for many years secretary-editor of the Texas Folklore Society, taught at universities in Texas and Oklahoma as well as in England, Germany, and Austria, and wrote seventeen books on Texas and southwestern life, including The Voice of the Coyote, available in a Bison Books edition. Dayton O. Hyde is a rancher, conservationist, photographer, and author of many books, including Don Coyote: The Good Times and Bad Times of a Much Maligned American Original and Island of the Loons. He is the founder of the Institute of Range and the American Mustang, which creates sanctuaries for wild horses in South Dakota.
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Table of Contents

I The progenitor of the mustang 3
II The guarded atom bomb of the Spaniards 21
III Indian horses and horsemanship 42
IV The Comanche moon 63
V Indian horse-stealing and mustanging 73
VI Mestenas 93
VII Wild and free 110
VIII The stallion and his mares 127
IX The legend of the pacing white mustang 143
X Death and liberty 171
XI Captive mustangs : ordinary and extraordinary 192
XII Mustanger ways 215
XIII As the mustangers told it 235
XIV Under the saddle 271
XV The coyote dun and other cow horses 296
XVI Only their dust 315
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