The Horse Lover : A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs
Booklist Reviews 2014 March #1
*Starred Review* Day already co-owned and managed two ranches, so the last thing he needed was yet another ranch. But when he saw the lush grasses and broad expanses of the 35,000-acre Arnold Ranch in South Dakota, he fell for its charms and purchased it. When he met Dayton Hyde, rancher and mustang preservationist, a wild scheme was hatched—maybe they could use the new ranch as a mustang sanctuary. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management had thousands of unadoptable mustangs warehoused in corrals, and if the bureau could be persuaded that caring for these horses on a ranch would not only be cheaper but better for the horses, then it would be a winning situation all the way around. What follows is the wonderful story of a cowboy rancher taking on the care and management of 1,500 wild horses. Along the way, we are treated to Day's reminiscences of his ranching upbringing, stories of some of his favorite cow horses, and tidbits such as the time Kevin Costner came calling while looking to film a little movie called Dances with Wolves. With coauthor Sneyd's expert assistance, Day's authentic western voice, coupled with his deep understanding of the nature of horses, makes for an instant classic. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2014 April #1
Day grew up on a cattle ranch and already owned two estates when a friend approached him about buying a third property in South Dakota. Here the author tells the story of purchasing the large old spread and establishing the first sanctuary for wild horses that were considered "unadoptable" by the federal government—the untamed mustangs were previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. Day persuaded the bureau to let him develop the refuge and tend to the horses. He even proposed using gentle methods to train the animals to be comfortable around humans. The goal of the author, who is open and honest in his dealings with friends, employees, and civic and government officials, is to make life better for the creatures in his care. The reader is introduced to Day's family, ranch staff, bureaucrats, and a variety of equine friends as they go through the ups and downs of managing a ranch and its 1,500 horses. Along with his sister, former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who contributes a foreword here, Day also coauthored Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest. VERDICT Day's well-written account features a modern cowboy who makes a difference for a herd of iconic primitive mustangs while never deviating from his values of kindness and honesty. This book will be of interest to horse lovers and anyone who has a fascination with the Wild West and ranch life.—Deborah Emerson, Central New York Lib. Resources Council, Syracuse[Page 106]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.