Wild Horses of Skydog: Blue Zeus and Families (Hardcover)

Wild Horses of Skydog: Blue Zeus and Families By Clare Staples, Jamie Baldanza (Photographer), Steve Rymers (Photographer) Cover Image
By Clare Staples, Jamie Baldanza (Photographer), Steve Rymers (Photographer)
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A searingly beautiful tribute to wild Mustang family groups that
have been reunited after suffering roundup and separation in the American West.
Ranch and Sanctuary covers over 9,000 acres in Malibu,
California, and Bend, Oregon, where wild horse advocates are working
tirelessly to save captured Mustangs and return them to freedom. To date
Skydog has rescued over 300 wild horses and 50 donkeys and mules,
with a special focus on finding and reuniting bonded families who may have
once roamed the American West together but who were separated during
the roundup process. In this striking book,
gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of dramatic photographs,
Skydog founder Clare Staples recounts heartbreaking tales of liberty
lost and the dramatic extents to which some Mustangs will go to flee
captivity or rejoin their family bands. She describes the mission that
drives her and the Skydog team to identify and locate iconic wild
horses that have been removed from public lands, and then secure
them in order to assure them freedom at the Sanctuary for their
remaining years--whenever possible, in the company of their original wild
herdmates. Readers meet
twenty-one horse families, including that of Blue Zeus, the stunning
Wyoming stallion who Staples admired in the wild for years before, in
the fall of 2020, his herd was slated for roundup and captured, in one day
losing both their freedom and each other. The story of the
urgent search for him and his mares and foals, and their eventual reunion
in the hills of Oregon, encapsulates all that Skydog hopes to
accomplish for hundreds more horses in the years ahead.
Incredibly moving, inspiring, and offering the hope of wildness and
beauty preserved for future generations, this book is for every animal
lover and all those who honor the natural inhabitants of the American West.

A percentage of all
sales goes toward supporting Skydog Ranch and Sanctuary.

About the Author

Clare Staples is the founder and president of Skydog Ranch and Sanctuary in Malibu, California, and Bend, Oregon, which provides long-term homes for formerly free-roaming wild horses gathered from the American West by the United States government. Staples is a lifelong wild horse advocate, managing the Sanctuary with a passion and commitment that has helped make her one of the world's leading voices on the plight of Mustangs and the myriad social and political issues that surround them. Jamie Baldanza has been a horse lover since birth. After 14 years as an art and creative director in advertising, Baldanza left New York City to follow her passion: photographing wild horses all across the Western United States. She created her own production company This Mustang Life, which concentrates on bringing animal causes to the public through film and photography. She is the director of the docuseries Wild Lands. Wild Horses and a short film called Pass the SAFE Act Now. Steve Rymers is a photographer who followed a family of Mustangs he had been photographing in the wild to Skydog Ranch and Sanctuary when they were rescued after a Bureau of Land Management roundup. Rymers now regularly returns to the Sanctuary to photograph the herds, donates all the images he takes to use in promotional efforts that support the Sanctuary's mission.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781646012138
ISBN-10: 1646012135
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English