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Nobody's Horses: The Dramatic Rescue of the Wild Herd of White Sands Hardcover – September 19, 2006

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Horse expert and veterinarian Höglund delivers a compelling and swiftly paced account of his efforts in 1994 to manage the capture and safe movement of nearly two thousand wild horses from New Mexico's White Sands Missile Base to an Oklahoma wild horse sanctuary. As a former intermediary between the New Mexico Correctional System and the U.S. Army in a program that uses White Sands animals to help inmates become horse trainers, Höglund was in a unique position to work on the eleven-month-long relocation project. He provides a fascinating look at the history of White Sands-"one of the most desolate, unforgiving stretches of desert in the United States," and the site of the first atomic bomb test in 1945-as well as of the thousands of wild horses that have lived there since it was the dominion of Comanche and Apache horsemen. His chronicle effectively shows how his efforts, along with a team of herders possessing "steeled nerves and the hand-eye coordination of an explosives expert" resulted in a successful mission "to save lives and relieve the horses' pain and suffering, not re-create an Old West roundup for the excitement and the spectacle"-though excitement and spectacle is exactly what they find, as will readers. B&W photographs throughout.
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"America's wild horses are a historic legacy that dates back to the first days of Spanish exploration. Private landowners and public land managers alike will learn from the unique perspectives in Nobody's Horses."

-- Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico and author of Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life



"As fast and dramatic as a herd of wild horses, Höglund's book will sweep you up and carry you at a gallop to its bittersweet, compelling ending. Höglund is an American hero, and his knowledge and passion for horses shine off every page. If you love horses just a smidgeon as much as he does, once you start it you won't be able to put it down. What a joy."

-- Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, author of the national bestseller, The Other End of the Leash, co-host of public radio's "Calling All Pets," associate adjunct professor of zoology at University of Wisconsin-Madison



"Equine veterinarian, cowboy, and author Don Höglund recounts an exciting tale of horse rescue. This true story reads like a cross between The Dirty Dozen and The Horse Whisperer. Two hooves up."

-- Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and author of The Dog Who Loved Too Much



"This moving, first-hand account of Dr. Höglund's efforts to save the White Sands herd is a compelling must-read for anyone who loves wild horses or wild places."

-- Tom Groneberg, author of The Secret Life of Cowboy



"Nobody's Horses is a story born out of a veterinarian's passion for animals and speaks to all Americans. The wild horse has a prestigious place in our past, our present, and should be firmly protected for future generations."

-- Jay Brown, DVM, President, Vetgate USA

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1st American Edition edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743290887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743290883
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Any number of adjectives come to mind when I begin to contemplate the rescue of these magnificent creatures. Heroic, compassionate, courageous and dedicated only begin to describe the efforts of the team assembled by Don Hoglund and others. "Nobody's Horses" tells the amazing and heartwarming story of the rescue of some 2000 wild horses from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in 1995. It was a task wrought with danger from the get-go. And the fact of the matter is that the effort was none too popular with the animal rights crowd in this country either. But Don Hoglund knew better. He and his associates understood that these animals simply had to be relocated or they would not make it. The severe drought and lack of food at White Sands had made their long-term survival extremely problematic. "Nobody's Horses" is a fascinating piece of American history. The tale told by Don Hogland, DVM is simply riveting!

On a scorching July day in 1994, White Sands wildlife biologist Patrick Morrow made a gruesome discovery. Scores of wild horses were dead or dying near a watering hole on the range. When the dust had settled, a total of 122 horses had died. This was really the last straw. Those in positions of responsibility who really cared about these animals were convinced that most of them would perish if left to fend for themselves in such inhospitable conditions. An incredibly painful decision was made to move these horses off the land that they had occupied for centuries. The work would be difficult and extremely dangerous. It would require a team of intensely tough and dedicated individuals. That team would be led by Don Hoglund. Don was a respected veterinarian and a nationally recognized authority on the plight of wild horses.
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Sweet book. I will probably order another copy as a gift for someone again. Having one of the horses rescued from the second roundup there, it put the thing in perspective. Now I know what Calcatina went through as a yearling. Love her dearly. She is one of the sweetest horses I've had. After having sent a blood sample off for DNA, I found out that indeed, she is a direct descendent of the horses the Spanish Conquistadors brought over to the Americas. Love this book.
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Great description of the plight and rescue of wild horses from White Sands Missile area, and the challenges of terrain, bureaucracy, and human emotions. Surely most people must desire the continued existence of the wild horse in America, but for-profit land users, including some illegal, remain an obstacle to this goal.

As a precursor to this project, Hoglund's experience with horse training programs that allowed inmates to develop skills was also of interest.
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No matter how involved in horses you may be, this true story of the wild horses of White Sands along with their historical importance that is intertwined with the development of our country is a great read.
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A story that will never be told again of the work to clear the herds of wild horses on White Sands. The logistics and dedications of the humans willing to carry out the task with horses welfare in mind makes this an exciting read.
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As history shows again and again,these are "EVERYBODY'S HORSES"
I spent of lot of years north and south of White Sands,but wasn't in
the area when this situation occured unfortunately.As a horse lover,
owner ,practicing learning trainer this book could not be put down once
started . It has it's emotional tugs and real problems and is obviously
written from the heart . One of the best real world situations you rarely see or hear about in these too busy days. Even if you're not a 24hr
horse person this book is a must read piece of western history.
God Bless Dr.Don Hoglund and the many others involved who know what
a horse's Spirit is all about.
Sincerely R W
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The horse has been a part of the very fabric of our American tradition. There are many who would raise the consciousness of the sorry fate of some of our equine friends.

Dr. Hoglund's book, Nobody's Horses, had me riveted from the very beginning. Being a breeder of wild ponies from the barrier islands I was able to visualize every aspect of the herding, penning, tagging - and all the emotions that go with this incredibly difficult task. Also fascinating is the history of how the horses got into this predicament and to link the old wild west, e.g., Pat Garrett, Billie the Kid, etc. It just thrills me to think of these magnificent animals being ridden by these old west histoprical figures when most of us have only seen it in movies. Dr. Hoglund's dedication to this cause and his emotional attachment to "his" horses deserves accolades from everyone who lives in this country. He has truly saved one of our national symbols.

Burta Boysen

Thousand Welcomes Farm

Chapel Hill, NC
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If you care about the herds of wild horses that live in this country, you'll enjoy reading about how bands of these animals ended up living on the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico (an unfriendly place even without the missiles). Then it just gets better as the process of saving these magnificent horses unfolds. The author, Don Hoglund is the reluctant vet who must deal with mysteries, cantankerous cowboys and the military along with the inhospitable terrine. I was hooked from the start!
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