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.
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.
Wild Horses of the
History and Politics of America's Mustangs
by J. Edward de Steiguer
University of Arizona Press,