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    Honest Horses Wild Horses in the Great Basin

    ISBN-10: 0874176735
    ISBN-13: 9780874176735
    Author(s): Paula Morin
    Description: Horses have been part of the American West since the first Spanish explorers brought their European-bred steeds onto the new continent. Soon thereafter, some of these horses, lost or abandoned by their owners or captured by indigenous peoples,  More...
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    Publisher: University of Nevada Press
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 408
    Size: 6.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.188
    Language: English

    Horses have been part of the American West since the first Spanish explorers brought their European-bred steeds onto the new continent. Soon thereafter, some of these horses, lost or abandoned by their owners or captured by indigenous peoples, became the foundation of the great herds of mustangs (from the Spanish mesteno, stray) that continue to roam the West and play a unique role in its culture, economy, and mythology. Photographer/oral historian Paula Morin first became interested in the myth and lives of the mustangs when she began photographing them. Determined to better understand their nature and place in the history and ecology of the Great Basin, she undertook a series of sixty-two interviews with people who know the horses best: ranchers, wranglers, horse breeders and trainers, Native Americans, veterinarians, wild horse advocates, range scientists, cowboy poets, western historians, wildlife experts, animal behaviorists, and agents of the federal Bureau of Land Management. The result is Honest Horses, the most comprehensive and impartial examination to date of the history and impact of wild mustangs in the Great Basin. The mustangs' current situation as vigorous competitors for the scanty resources of the West's drought-parched rangelands has put them at the center of passionate controversies about their purpose, place, and future on the open range that is their home. Morin elicits from her interviewees a vast spectrum of expertise, insight, and candid opinions about the nature of horses, ranching, and the western environment that will allow readers to understand the issues. The multiple voices of authentic westerners will speak to readers about the importance of these animalsto the culture of the West and about the ways that humans can best care for them while at the same time serving as responsible stewards of the land. This is a book for all who love the West, its traditions, and its magnificent open spaces; for horse lovers; for anyone interested in the daunting complexity of the environmental issues in which mustangs play such a central and contested role.

    List of Illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: The Trail of the Dawn Horse
    Stewardship: The Shadows Have All the Room
    Tom Pogacnik
    James A. Young
    Bob Abbey
    Steve Pellegrini
    John L. "Jack" Artz
    Bob Brown
    Jim Gianola
    Gary McFadden
    Dave Tattam
    Richard Sewing
    William A. Molini
    Larry Johnson
    Deloyd Satterthwaite
    Marty Vavra
    Charlie D. Clements
    Jim Andrae
    Ira H. "Hammy" Kent
    John Winnepenninkx
    Vern Schulze
    Rex Cleary
    John Falen
    Gracian Uhalde
    Dave Mathis
    Ron Hall
    Jan Nachlinger
    Louis Provencher
    Mike Turnipseed
    Tina Nappe
    Stacy L. Davies
    Horsemanship: Dances with Horses
    Michael Kirk
    Dawn Lappin
    Glade Anderson
    Sam Mattise
    Bruce Portwood
    E. Ron Harding
    Leland Arigoni
    Sheldon Lamb
    Ed Depaoli
    Don Pomi
    Cliff Heaverne
    Gene Nunn
    Dave Cattoor
    Tom Marvel
    Al Cirelli Jr.
    Sunny Martin
    Katie Blunk
    Joyce Brown
    Dave Dohnel
    John Sharp
    Bryan Neubert
    Richard Shrake
    Tom Hartgrove
    Frank Cassas
    Conclusion: The Future of the Wild and the Tame
    Wayne Burkhardt
    Irwin Liu
    Bob Morris
    Dan Flores
    Stephen Budiansky
    Steve Davis
    Temple Grandin
    B. Byron Price
    Waddie Mitchell
    Afterword
    Public Law 92-195: The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Contributors

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