The Horse Lover
A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs
A memoir book by H. Alan Day that tells the story about the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary in the United States.
- 264 pages
- 6 x 9 inches
- Hardcover: $24.95
- E-book: $9.99
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
- Publication Date: March 2014
- ISBN-13: 978-0-8032-5335-3
Authors: H. Alan Day with Lynn Wiese Sneyd, foreword by Sandra Day O’Connor
Sample Interview Questions
- When you started ranching in the Sand Hills of South Dakota, you already owned a 200,000-acre ranch in the southwest and a 45,000-acre ranch in Nebraska. What prompted you to buy a third ranch?
- How difficult was it to persuade the government to sponsor a wild horse sanctuary?
- Up to this point, you were strictly a cattle rancher. Do horses present the same challenges as cattle?
- After the government approved the sanctuary, how did you feel knowing that you soon would be the recipient of and caregiver for 1,500 wild horses?
- What did your South Dakota neighbors think of your plan?
- Did you have to prepare Mustang Meadows Ranch before you received the horses?
- In the book, you mention horse training would be key to the sanctuary’s success. What made you think you could train a large herd of wild horses?
- After you trained the horses, did they recognize you as individuals or acknowledge you in certain ways?
- What was it like to work with the Bureau of Land Management?
- What parts of ranching in South Dakota did you prefer to ranching in the southwest? And what at Lazy B, your southwest ranch, did you prefer to Mustang Meadows?
- In addition to the story about the wild horses, you include stories about some of your favorite ranch horses. Why did you choose to include these?
- Given the opportunity to manage a wild horse sanctuary, would you do it again?