Wild Horses of the West

Wild Horses of the West

History and Politics of America's Mustangs

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When the Spanish explorers brought horses to North America, the horses were, in a sense, returning home. Beginning with their origins fifty million years ago, the wild horse has been traced from North America through Asia to the plains of Spain’s Andalusia and then back across the Atlantic to the ranges of the American West. When given the chance, these horses simply took up residence in the landscape that their ancestors had roamed so long ago.

In Wild Horses of the West, J. Edward de Steiguer provides an entertaining and well-researched look at one of the most controversial animal welfare issues of our time—the protection of free-roaming horses on the West’s public lands. This is the first book in decades to include the entire story of these magnificent animals, from their evolution and biology to their historical integration into conquistador, Native American, and cowboy cultures. And the story isn’t over. De Steiguer goes on to address the modern issues— ecology, conservation, and land management—surrounding wild horses in the West today.

Featuring stunning color photographs of wild horses, this extremely thorough and engaging blend of history, science, and politics will appeal to students of the American West, conservation activists, and anyone interested in the beauty and power of these striking animals.

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De Steiguer (U. of Arizona) is a specialist in the laws and regulations governing federally-owned lands of the American West and is an avid horse enthusiast. He presents a well-researched publication on one of today's most controversial animal welfare issues--the protection of wild free-roaming horses on the West's public lands. Written for students of the American West, conservation activists, and general readers interested in these fascinating animals, the text opens with an overview of the origins, history, physiology, and social nature of horses. De Steiguer then examines the reintroduction of the horse to the Americas in the 1500s, first by the Spanish and then the English; the subsequent spread of the horse across North America; and ongoing efforts of the past six decades to develop a coherent federal policy to protect wild horses and burros. The volume is illustrated with b&w maps and 30-plus b&w and color photographs. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780816528264
Characteristics: xiii, 249 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 22 cm


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