Thunder of the Mustangs: Legend and Lore of the Wild Horses

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Wild horses have become icons of a contemporary longing, a yearning for freedom. Hated by the rancher, loved by those who fear its disappearance from the western ranges, the American mustang has inspired passionate efforts to preserve the few remaining wild herds. Thunder of the Mustangs celebrates the legend and lore of this American icon in nine original and previously published essays and legends by leading American nature writers, cowboys, and folklorists. The essays are coupled with stunning photographic ...
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Wild horses have become icons of a contemporary longing, a yearning for freedom. Hated by the rancher, loved by those who fear its disappearance from the western ranges, the American mustang has inspired passionate efforts to preserve the few remaining wild herds. Thunder of the Mustangs celebrates the legend and lore of this American icon in nine original and previously published essays and legends by leading American nature writers, cowboys, and folklorists. The essays are coupled with stunning photographic portfolios by some of the nation's best nature and wildlife photographers.
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Celebrates the mythology surrounding the wild horse as an American icon in nine original and previously published essays by leading nature writers, cowboys, and folklorists. Essays are coupled with color photos of mustangs. No index. Oversize, 10.5x10.5<">. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

Mark Spragg
Mark Spragg
"Before I was able to support myself through my writing I taught high school, built fences, wrangled horses, guided in the Rocky Mountains, worked on oil rigs, and shod horses to make a living," Mark Spragg revealed to us in our exclusive interview. "I found that while I prefer writing, I see all work as pretty much the same, and approach it with the same ethic: come early, stay late, and focus on the details."

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Spragg:

"Before I was able to support myself through my writing, I taught high school, built fences, wrangled horses, guided in the Rocky Mountains, worked on oil rigs, and shod horses to make a living. I found that while I prefer writing, I see all work as pretty much the same, and approach it with the same ethic -- come early, stay late, and focus on the details. When I'm working on the first draft of a book I'm almost a complete recluse."

"I walk for hours every day with my dog, Angus, on the prairie or in the forest. I try to notice what he notices."

"I also try to maintain a daily hour of yoga and meditation. It seems that the stories I like to tell are very shy about being heard, and it helps if I'm quiet."

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    1. Hometown:
      Cody, Wyoming
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 20, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of Wyoming, 1974

Table of Contents

Remembering Wildness 13
The Hoss 21
Wind-Drinker 29
Wintering 41
Wild Horses 53
The Woman Who Married the Horse 65
The Appy Mare 75
Mustangin' 87
Feral Heart 99
Roundup! 109
Contributors 120
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