NOBODY’S HORSES by Don
from the greatest horses of the American West, the wild horses living
White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico—one of the most dangerous
Earth--were a national treasure and a living legend. Big, strong,
and fierce, they were descended from the mounts of lawmen, cowboys, and
notorious outlaws who had once ruled the land.
Over the years, these far-flung herds of the Land of
inspired many myths, and were said to be guarded by an implacable band
enormous, ghostly stallions that kept them from harm.
decades of suffering through droughts, food shortages, and all the
go with living on a military weapons testing site, scores of horses
died. And the survival of the almost
two thousand that were left was threatened. In a race to prevent more
deaths, large animal veterinarian Don Hoglund was called in to organize
lead a team of dedicated professionals, cowboys, and soldiers in
surviving horses and their babies to safety.
Then would come the challenge of rehabilitating them, and
placing them in loving homes with people who could meet the needs of
spirited wild animals.
Don Hoglund, DVM, is a doctor of veterinary medicine who has
consultation and equine training services for the Pentagon, the Walt
Company, the Department of the Interior, USDA, and many others. He
Willow Spring, North Carolina and Santa Fe, New Mexico.