The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs

The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs


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ISBN-13: 9780803253353
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 823,254
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Alan Day was the owner of Mustang Meadows Ranch near St. Francis, South Dakota; Rex Ranch near Whitman, Nebraska; and Lazy B Ranch in southern Arizona. With his sister, Sandra Day O’Connor, he coauthored Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest. Lynn Wiese Sneyd is a published author and owner of LWS Literary Services. Sandra Day O’Connor served on the U. S. Supreme Court from 1981 to 2005.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Part 1

1 A Sexy Find 3

2 Opportunity Walks In 15

3 The Dream Takes Shape 28

4 Palomino Valley 40

5 Two Cowboys Corral Congress 57

6 Hard-Won Approval 66

Part 2

7 A Stubborn Start 83

8 Vying for the Upper Hand 93

9 In Training 103

10 Renegades 116

11 A Wormy Mess 131

12 Bound for Summer Grazing 142

13 Saber 155

14 Fame Finds Us 169

15 On Thin Ice 187

Part 3

16 Horses of Many Colors 203

17 Sorting the Seven Hundred 213

18 Order to Kill 221

19 An Unlucky Penny 229

20 At the End of the Day 241

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The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
H. Alan Day’s writing ability is the essence of heart, soul and voice and the notion is eloquently delivered in his memoir: The Horse Lover. His sister, Sandra Day O’Connor, contributed a Forward that speaks volumes toward the pride and respect she has for her brother. In the pristine and wide openness of South Dakota, the scene is set. Alan Day is no stranger to the range and cattle driving; as well he shouldn’t be. He owns two ranches. When the planets align (as they often do for those of us who pay attention), imagine Mr. Day’s surprise when he realizes his next calling in life will be that of taking on the care and consideration of 1,500 head of mustangs in the wild. To quote Mr. Day: “Without the South Dakota ranch, the wild horses and I would never have gotten to know each other. That much is certain. The ranch found me in the early summer of 1988, before a single wild horse stepped into my peripheral vision...” There is no stall in this story and the voice of a seasoned story teller rises to its surface within the first few pages. Mr. Day walks alongside the reader and imparts the journey, complications, losses, frustrations and sheer magnitude of caring for these majestic, yet quite wild horses—horses that had no intentions nor affinity toward domestication, but animals just the same who could use some ‘tlc.’ Indeed, this is not a tale of coincidental happenstance. Rather, it is a heart-felt delivery of one man’s conviction and commitment to care and engage in a program that has since become convoluted, yet widely recognized in part due to the efforts of one particular rancher: Alan Day. There is something very tangible that happens to me when I get to read a genuinely well-written story. I learn how to become a better writer. I had never heard of H. Alan Day, the writer. In all honesty, when I saw the forward had been written by Sandra Day O’Connor and the title had ‘horse’ in it; these were the two factors that piqued my interest...initially. The further into this memoir I journeyed, the more I recognized Alan Day’s sound writing ability. He has the gift of voice—a voice that is quite audible. Day’s selection of language may be basic, but it is believable and relatable. Passage upon passage pops simply by how the words have been arranged across the pages. There were many parts in this story when I felt I was in the moment with Mr. Day—be it during the transport of the endless procession of mustangs single-filing their way through the vaccination process or the unbridled freedom resonating from the sound of the pounding and rolling thunder of thousands of hooves across the wide open prairie of South Dakota. Mr. Day ignites feeling from the reader because he shares what he lived simply by conjuring up the exact placement for each word whose sole purpose was to carry its meaning and intent to its captive reader to interpret. As heart-wrenching as the outcome to the end of his tale was, he managed to end his story on a beautiful and brilliant high note: he tried, he ‘failed’ (hardly) and he’s a better person because of it. Bravo Mr. Day. I implore you to tell us another story! Not only have you arrived as a writer, but you have earned the right to add such credentials to your list of accomplishments. Quill says: The Horse Lover is a must read for anyone who has stepped out of his or her comfort zone and saw the task through to its very end no matter the outcome—truly a beautiful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this world where we have denigrated "animal" to that which we can control, eat, tame for companionship, or fatten for the least expense on the smallest footprint, Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd have written a story about a man who loves mustangs just as they are; wild and unbroken. His heart, skill, intelligence, ingenuity and instinct is a paean to open spaces, wind-in-your-face Mother Nature, complete with horse whinnys and snorts, the thundering hooves of a thousand wild mustangs, the smell of horse sweat, while riding your steed in wet pants and chaps. It is a glorious excursion into a world I thought had ceased to exist.