Honest Horses -- Wild Horses in the Great Basin [Book Review]
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No wild animal captures the spirit of North America quite so powerfully as the wild No wild animal captures the spirit of North America quite so powerfully as the wild horse--nor has any faced such diverse and potent enemies. See the wild horses run!
The Pryor Mountain Mustangs have roamed the high desert and The Pryor Mountain Mustangs have roamed the high desert and mountains of the American West for centuries. Descended from steeds brought over by the Spanish conquistadores, their untamable nature and enduring courage inspire awe in Horse fanciers soon learn that every horse has its own distinct personality.
Like human beings, Like human beings, some are easy-going while others are difficult.
Honest Horses: Wild Horses In The Great Basin (): Paula Morin - BiblioVault
In this handsomely produced and beautifully illustrated book, an experienced trainer presents a practical and humane approach to And as alien invaders often do, wild horses reproduce in such numbers that they wreak havoc on any ecosystem. Aside from the occasional mountain lion or coyote band attack, the horse has no natural predator. The Great Basin simultaneously offers an especially harsh and fragile habitat, with periodic dry seasons and soil that needs time to recover from any kind of disturbance.
Anyone can predict the kinds of problems that will arise when too many large mammals are confined to such a delicate area. But the bond between humans and horses is a close and historic one. Almost as soon as horses ran wild, people tried to catch them. For generations, Native Americans and cowboys alike regularly rounded up horses and either used them or disposed of them as they saw fit.
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Inhumane methods were sometimes used, and as those became publicized, the need arose for someone to do something about the situation. Once a government agency became involved, the issue got even more complex.
The "gathers" the BLM conducts aren't as frequent or large enough to get horse numbers down to an AML, or appropriate management level. And once the animals are collected, they can be dispersed in one of three ways: offered for adoption, relegated to a sanctuary or taken to the slaughterhouse. Each one of those destinations has potential problems and emotions surrounding it.
Horse history, captivating stories and personal experiences abound as the interviewees speak.
Honest Horses: Wild Horses in the Great Basin
A variety of opinions are aired here. But the majority of the individuals agree on at least three points: a letting nature take its course isn't a practical or humane solution when hundreds of animals die slow and gruesome deaths; b folks outside the Great Basin region don't understand all the complexities of the issue and shouldn't be the primary decision-makers involved; and c yes, it's still nice to have the wild horses out on the land, running free.
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Honest Horses is valuable reading for all of us here in the United States, especially since other books about wild horses, especially those for children, never mention the questions and problems they present.