Mustangs: Wild Horses of the West

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Overview

The absorbing story of living with mustangs across the American West

For more than five years, Marie-Luce Hubert and Jean-Louis Klein lived side byside with mustangs in a mythical quest that took them from North Dakota to Nevada, where the forests, canyons and plains still echo with the hoofbeats of these magnificent animals. With patience and perseverance, the authors gained acceptance by the herds and took countless photographs that testify ...

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Overview

The absorbing story of living with mustangs across the American West

For more than five years, Marie-Luce Hubert and Jean-Louis Klein lived side byside with mustangs in a mythical quest that took them from North Dakota to Nevada, where the forests, canyons and plains still echo with the hoofbeats of these magnificent animals. With patience and perseverance, the authors gained acceptance by the herds and took countless photographs that testify to the mustangs' fragile beauty and exceptional way of life.

The book begins with a detailed history of the origins and evolution of the mustang. The fascinating saga that follows tells how the mustang came to the plains of the American West and explains the huge impact these horses had on the lives of Native Americans.

Amazing photographs record each stage of mustang life, from the rearing of colts to the fascination and beauty of playtimes.
An in-depth study reveals the stages of life for mustangs, covering birth, adolescence, mating and death. It conveys the daily hardships and dangers these beautiful creatures face in the wild. A special section is devoted to the ongoing relationship between humans and mustangs, one that is so fraught with peril for the horse.

General readers, horse lovers and riders, and devotees of the American West will revel in the intimacy shared with these mustang herds and discover the true nature of this mysterious animal.

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Editorial Reviews

North Shore News
It is both an amazing collection of photographs and a fascinating study of a horse that defined the frontier spirit..
— Terry Peters
Book News
Hubert and Klein, both photographers with backgrounds in biology and wildlife, present this hefty photographic tribute to the mustang horse, combining exciting action shots of varied types of the breed with text describing the historical movement of mustangs to the Western US and elements of their biology. The first chapter describes the mustang's origins in Spain and contains archival photographs. All other photographs were taken by the authors.
North Shore News - Terry Peters
It is both an amazing collection of photographs and a fascinating study of a horse that defined the frontier spirit... While initially you cannot help but be amazed by the photographs, there is equal value in the writing and its exploration of these majestic horses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641966637
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/14/2007
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie-Luce Hubert and Jean-Louis Klein are professional photographers who share a passion for animals and wild places. Using their combined experience in biology, animal behavior, ornithology and forestry, they have written and illustrated more than 30 books.

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Table of Contents

The Origin of Horses

  • The First Horses
  • The Return to Ancestral Lands
  • The Horse in Native American Culture
  • What Is a Mustang?
  • The Spanish Mustang

Living Free

  • Habitat
  • The Harem
  • Mares
  • The Harem Stallion
  • From Bruises to Battle Scars: The Amazing Resilience of Horses
  • Foals
  • Becoming a Stallion: A Turbulent Adolescence
  • Chippewa's First Day
  • The Story of Little Gray
  • The Black Jacket Gang
  • The Times and Trials of a Maturing
    Stallion

The Life of a Horse

  • The Colors of Land and Sun
  • The Horse and its Environment
  • Daily Activities
  • Mating Season
  • Mortality and Predation
  • Sounds and Cries
  • A Summer Day
  • A Winter Day
  • At the Heart of a Blizzard

Humans and Horses

  • Mustangs in Danger
  • Misery at the Hands of Humans
  • The Roundup
  • Wild Horses Around the World

Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Photo Credits

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Preface

Preface

Armed with binoculars we tirelessly scrutinize every shrub and boulder across the seemingly endless terrain of the American West. For several days now we have been looking for wild horses, which roam freely across the desolated Wyoming expanses. The loud caw of a huge crow momentarily distracts us; we marvel at its flight high in the sky. Is it an omen? We know the mustangs are there, invisible amid the endless hills.

Suddenly we are startled by a distant whinnying. Mustangs! Surging as if carried by the wind, they gallop at full speed, the ground shaking under their hammering hooves. Mares are accompanied by their foals and an ocher-colored stallion follows the herd. A blond mane outlines the contours of his powerful neck when he turns his head. As the herd is enveloped by a cloud of dust, a chill runs down our backs. Our dream has been realized.

We followed them patiently from then on --
day after day and week after week -- until they grew accustomed to our presence. Curious single males were the first to check us out, opening a window for us. Gradually we learned to recognize the subtleties of equine communication. Over the course of many months, some of the mares accepted us into their intimate family circles, even allowing their foals to play near us. This tremendous adventure lasted five years.

Apart from learning a great deal about the behavior of these wild horses, we shared moments of intense harmony and serenity with these mustangs that greatly enriched our lives. This book is an invitation to every rider to look deeply into the eyes of a horse and gradually discover its true nature.

Marie-Luce Hubert and Jean-Louis Klein

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Terrific!

    This book was the best book on mustangs (or any horse, for that matter) that I have ever read! The information is clear and concise. The writers actually spent years in the wilderness with these wonderful creatures, so their information is not only accurate, it is from personal experience.

    Along with pages of comprehensive and useful facts, there are beautiful photographs of wild mustangs on almost every other page. Just seeing the majesty of the horses captured in the photos is enough to make anyone want to see them up close.

    I would DEFINITELY recommend this book for horse lovers, but even regular readers would find this book very interesting and informative. Also, this book would be a great source of information for anyone who is writing a report or wishes to learn more about the wild mustangs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2009

    Insightful book on America's most overlooked western icons

    This book has beautiful photographs and inspires awe for our nation's mustangs, who face slaughter and extreme weather conditions just to survive. We need to act to save these magnificent animals!

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    An amazing look at our American mustangs and their history

    Readers will find this book and information a delight as well as the photos!

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