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

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.

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The Horse Lover
  • Hardcover/E-book
  • 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

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Sample Interview Questions

  1. 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?
  2. How difficult was it to persuade the government to sponsor a wild horse sanctuary?
  3. Up to this point, you were strictly a cattle rancher. Do horses present the same challenges as cattle?
  4. 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?
  5. What did your South Dakota neighbors think of your plan?
  6. Did you have to prepare Mustang Meadows Ranch before you received the horses?
  7. 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?
  8. After you trained the horses, did they recognize you as individuals or acknowledge you in certain ways?
  9. What was it like to work with the Bureau of Land Management?
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. Given the opportunity to manage a wild horse sanctuary, would you do it again?