Friday, March 14, 2014

The Horse Lover Book Review

I have a little different kind of book to share with you called The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs written by H. Alan Day.
He already owned and managed two ranches and needed a third about as much as he needed a permanent migraine: that’s what Alan Day said every time his friend pestered him about an old ranch in South Dakota. But in short order, he proudly owned 35,000 pristine grassy acres. The opportunity then dropped into his lap to establish a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. After Day successfully lobbied Congress, those acres became Mustang Meadows Ranch, the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the United States. 
The Horse Lover is Day’s personal history of the sanctuary’s vast enterprise, with its surprises and pleasures and its plentiful dangers, frustrations, and heartbreak. Day’s deep connection with the animals in his care is clear from the outset, as is his maverick philosophy of horse-whispering, with which he trained fifteen hundred wild horses. The Horse Lover weaves together Day’s recollections of his cowboying adventures astride some of his best horses, all of which taught him indispensable lessons about loyalty, perseverance, and hope. This heartfelt memoir reveals the Herculean task of balancing the requirements of the government with the needs of wild horses.
This is a really beautiful story about one man's quest to try and save one of your nation's fast dying breed's, the wild Mustangs.  Gosh, there is so much about our country that is gone forever as far as history, and I would hate to think we are driving the wild horses by way of what we have done to many things out West.  
Alan Day had this really nice ranch with about 35,000 acres and he wanted to do something good with that land so he decided to try and save the wild Mustangs. This land is in South Dakota and I have been there and I can tell you, it's really barren out there! It's beautiful, but gosh, we hardly ever saw any towns or people, so you would have to be dedicated to want to live there.
This is a story about survival and how the government operates when it gets involved in something that it's best that they stay out of it. Mr. Day was doing a great job but because of one snowstorm where everything got whited out by the snow and several horses fell into a frozen lake that could not be seen, they yanked those horses away from him.
I will let you read the story and you judge for yourself what could or should have been done. Otherwise, it's a beautiful story about these awesome horses and if you love horses, you will want to read this story.
Happy Reading!
You can purchase your copy on Amazon.
About the Author: 
Alan Day's upbringing branded him a cowboy from the day he was born. He was part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. The ranching and cowboy lifestyle appealed to him so greatly that after graduating from the University of Arizona, he returned to manage Lazy B for the next 40 years. During his career, he received numerous awards for his dedicated stewardship of the land.
In 1988, Alan purchased a 35,000-acre ranch in the Sand Hills of South Dakota, which became the first government sponsored wild horse sanctuary and home to 1500 wild mustangs. He trained the entire herd using a herd modification program that he developed on Lazy B to train cattle.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.