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- Print Length: 224 pages
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- Publisher: Quagga Press (September 18, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NPYI5UK
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Hoofprints in the Sand: Wild Horses of the Atlantic Coast Kindle Edition
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Well, now here it is!
Hoofprints in the Sand is just what I wanted. The book is full of information about the various herds of wild horses on the East Coast and covers each one with its own chapter. I had no idea there were herds other than the famous Chincoteague and Assateague horses. Urquhart covers six different herds! She carefully sifts through the many contradictory stories about the origins of each herd and adds lots of interesting information about their history. Did you know there was once a mounted Boy Scout troop on Ocracoke? She also details how each herd has been protected and maintained over the years, and she describes the controversy over whether they are a natural part of the ecosystem that deserves protection or a threat to the local species. I loved reading about the often heroic efforts of people to protect the wild horses they love.
Besides talking about the herds, there�s a chapter on the history of horses in America. She also discusses the difference between wild and feral horses and whether these herds are horses or ponies. Finally, there�s an interesting section on wild horse behavior and one on how to see the different herds.
But most of all, you�ve got to see the photos! The book is full of beautiful shots of the horses in their wild state, nosing around picnic tables, and playing in the sand.
If you�ve been to Chincoteague and want a reminder, if you�ve got a young girl who�s fallen in love with Misty, if you�re looking for information about wild horses, or you just want a good read, you�re gonna love this book.
I snapped up a copy of the original here on Amazon, and am looking forward to anything new from this dedicated author, naturalist (and -interestingly - a nationally known and published nurse/midwife!
Hoofprints in the Sand is a great read for horse lovers – and those who don’t think of themselves as horse lovers will still find plenty to intrigue and fascinate. It’s clearly based on a lot of hard research but the result is very readable.
Hoofprints in the Sand was the first ever book to compare and contrast the USA East Coast herds of feral horses and ponies – but it is so much more.
For example, did you perhaps read the book Misty of Chincoteague or see the film “Misty” about the wild ponies of Assateague, an island off the coast of Virginia, USA? If so you’ll remember the famous annual round-up and swimming of the horses across to the mainland. Hoofprints in the Sand has plenty of facts about these ponies and those on other “barrier” islands, together with explanations of their likely heritage and why horses and ponies were bred on islands. You’ll also find out too how wild horses behave – and why.
The book includes some fascinating snippets of information including (in random order):
• Grass contains silica (basically sand) – and so wears horses’ teeth.
• Horses were the most abundant large animals a million years or so ago, after bison and mammoths
• Horses shipped by the Spanish after their discovery of the “new world” had only a 50% chance of surviving the trip
The book authoritatively corrects a number of misapprehensions about mustangs, their origins and behavior.
There are some accounts of key horse-breeders over the centuries and about specific horses and herds.
Finally, there’s a chapter on where you can actually visit to see the East Coast horses discussed in the book, there are some useful tips for campers on how to avoid inadvertently endangering these beautiful horses and ponies – oh yes, and there’s a bibliography in case you’d like to read more.
By the way, there’s a whole chapter of wild horses – of many continents - in Lights! Camera! Gallop! The Story of the Horse in Film: