The Horse Lover -- A Cowboy’s Quest to Save Wild Mustangs is the story about how one man’s remarkable dream came true. Here is a revealing heartfelt story by a successful rancher and businessman about realities and challenges associated with the herculean task of balancing the requirements of the government and the needs of 1500 wild horses.
The Horse Lover is Alan 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 to follow a man on horseback.
The Horse Lover weaves together Day's recollections of his cowboy adventures astride some of his best horses, all of which taught him indispensable lessons about loyalty, perseverance, and hope.
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.
In 1988, Alan purchased a 35,000-acre ranch in the Sand Hills of South Dakota. Then an unbelievable opportunity dropped into his lap and he began an effort 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. One of Alan Days amazing accomplishments was to train all 1500 wild horses to follow a man on horseback.
The Horse Lover
A Cowboy’s Quest to Save Wild Mustangs
H. Alan Day
Foreword by Sandra Day O’Connor
List $24.95 Hardcover Also available in Kindle and softcover editions
Published by Bison Books Official Date of Publication March 1, 2014
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About the Author
Alan Day was raised as 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. After graduating from the University of Arizona, he returned to manage Lazy B for the next 40 years and he came to love wild horses. During his career, he received numerous awards for his dedicated stewardship of the land. Alan Day was also the owner of Mustang Meadows Ranch near St. Francis, South Dakota and the Rex Ranch near Whitman, Nebraska.
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.
What People Are Saying
“It is impossible to see a herd of wild horses running free without feeling a surge of excitement and enthusiasm for their vigor, power, and beauty. To watch them run with their manes and tails flying in the wind is to experience a sense of the ultimate freedom of motion.”
—From the foreword by Sandra Day O’Connor, former U.S. Supreme Court justice
“A great American story, and an inspiring tale of vision, courage, and hard-won wisdom. It’s told with humor and grace and without pretension. And every reader is sure to find a horse to fall in love with in these pages.”
—Larry Watson, author of Montana 1948
“A definite read for all those who love horses. Day and Sneyd’s book is sure to become an instant wild-horse classic in the spirit of J. Frank Dobie.”
—J. Edward de Steiguer, author of Wild Horses of the West
“The Horse Lover is a very good illustration of the real western part of our nation. Day, a successful rancher and businessman, is honest and forthright in dealings with neighbors, employees, business associates, and especially the federal government. I recommend this reading.”
—Dennis DeConcini, former U.S. senator from Arizona
“For every American who is stirred by the sight of wild mustangs running free, here’s the inspiring saga of a man who changed his life to make it a reality. A book that will stir the soul of every horse lover and leave every one of them cheering.”
—Allan J. Hamilton, MD, author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse