There is no creature that quite embodies the beauty and grandeur of the American West as does the wild horse. For thousands of years, the horse has roamed the plains and valleys of the American continent, free of the encumbrances of man or the saddle. In America’s Wild Horses, award-winning photographer and lifelong horse lover Steven Price celebrates the timeless magnificence of the American mustang.
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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About the Author
Steve Price is a contributing editor to Field & Stream magazine and has served as a senior writer for B.A.S.S. Publications for more than thirty-five years. His award-winning photographs have been used in books, magazines, and promotions by organizations such as National Geographic Society, Reader’s Digest, The Associated Press, and Game Conservation Invitational. He has written six books and more than three thousand magazine articles. Price lives in Tijeras, New Mexico.
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