Meticulously researched, Price offers a cultural history of the American wild horse that is unparalleled in its exquisite detail and poignant prose. Beginning with chapters on prehistoric equines, Price sweeps through all the most important historical epochs in the history of the American mustang. Detailed accounts of horse-breeding in the Southwest, Native American horsemanship, and mustangs in the golden age of the iconic American cowboys each detail the profound impact that the wild horse has had in shaping American culture. Later chapters chronicle the legacy of the horse in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, specifically emphasizing the legal and scientific measures that are being taken by horse-lovers across the country to ensure that later generations will also be able to witness the majesty of the wild horse.
Featuring dozens of stunning photographs by the author, and interspersed with firsthand interviews with some of the most renowned horse experts today, America’s Wild Horses is a required read for all equine lovers.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Slaton L. White ix
1 The Origin of America's Wild Horses 1
2 Columbus and Cortés Bring Them Back 12
3 Drinker of the Wind 25
4 The Indian Horse Culture Begins 39
5 Wild Horses at Bent's Fort 54
6 The Indian Horse Culture Comes to an End 70
7 The Bureau of Land Management Takes Over 85
8 Special Horses in a Special Place 103
About the Author 129