A memoir about a maverick cowboy and a herd of wild horses by H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd

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The Horse Lover is a story laced with grit, humor, and hard-won love featuring one cowboy and 1500 mustangs.

The Horse Lover

By H. Alan Day with Lynn Wiese Sneyd
Foreword by Sandra Day O’Connor
University of Nebraska Press

He already owned and managed two ranches and needed a third about as much as he needed a permanent migraine. That’s what cattle rancher Alan Day said every time his friend pestered him about an old ranch in South Dakota. When he finally agreed to visit the ranch, he fell in love with the its lush prairie. But what to do with it’s 35,000 acres?

The opportunity soon dropped in his lap to establish a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses 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 onset, as is his maverick philosophy of horse-whispering that he used to train 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.

“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

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ALSO BY H. ALAN DAY

Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest

Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest
By Sandra Day O’Connor and H. Alan Day
Random House

In this New York Times bestselling memoir, sister and brother recount childhoods spent on a sprawling ranch with parents and the extended family of colorful characters who helped run the Lazy B ranch.

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