"The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs" (Encore presentation.)

Jul 23, 2014

On this edition of ST, we listen back to a fine interview that first aired in March of this year with H. Alan Day, who's the younger brother of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Day tells us about his then-recent memoir, "The Horse Lover," which is a moving and perceptive account of how he established a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. Mustang Meadows Ranch, as the facility was called, began in the late 1980s; it was the first-ever government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the United States. Yet Day's volume -- which Booklist, in a starred review, called "an instant classic" -- is more than a chronicle of the joys, surprises, trials, and frustrations that went into establishing and operating Mustang Meadows. The book is also, of course, a sincere meditation on humanity's deep connections with animals as well as landscapes -- and with horses especially. You can hear a complete, on-demand audio stream of this interview here.