Wind, Wild Horse Rescue, is an adventure about America's wild mustangs and their dangerous plight for survival and potential elimination forever from public lands. In today's world, horses are t a necessity for work or transportation as they once were in the days of the Wild West. Unwanted horses are often abused, abandoned or worse. Handling and management of the wild herds and the inhumanity of the slaughterhouse debate has several sides, making the future of the wild mustang questionable. This book reveals many of life's challenges to wild horses through the eyes, ears, and senses of a young colt named Wind, who is chased by a helicopter and captured in a roundup. The names are fictitious, the events are real. The author hopes the world will realize wild mustangs should be treated humanely and allowed to live on the public lands that have been set aside for them. Together, we must ensure future generations of American people will be able to enjoy and love them as living treasures and t just in the movies. The author, Denise F. Brown grew up next to several horse farms. Her love for horses and animals, and her talent as an equine artist, gave her the courage to write and illustrate this book. Wind has over 100 beautiful equine sketches and paintings by Denise F. Brown.
Denise F. Brown, author, illustrator and horse admirer, grew up next to several horse farms in New Hampshire, took riding lessons, and sketched and painted horses all her life. She was never able to have her own horse, but always had a soft spot in her heart for them. Being an equine artist has allowed Denise to stay in touch with horses and horse people. During research about mustangs while writing this story, she discovered the troubling and haunting reality behind the capture and treatment of wild horses. Each year, hundreds of thousands of wild mustangs and burros are being legally harvested, chased and harassed by mustangers and helicopter pilots; hot shot, branded, and placed in holding pens with no shelter (often for years); and only given a few chances of adoption. If not adopted, they are sold and transported via crammed trailers across the United States' borders to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. They are then killed and processed into horse meat which ends up in Europe and Japan for human consumption. Some horses are poisoned by cattle ranchers, others are abused and neglected by owners who cannot take care of them due to a troubled economy. Rescue shelters and organizations across the country have joined the fight to help save them. However, stronger legislation and enforcement is needed to protect the wild mustangs and burros from terrible fates. In a perfect world, the mustangs placed in the overcrowded holding pens would be vaccinated and immediately returned to the public lands to live free forever. However, the current laws do not offer this option. The multi-faceted slaughterhouse debate will continue unless it is banned forever. That is why Denise joined the public outcry to rescue these horses from inhumane treatment and slaughter and hopes to educate people about the plight of the mustang and their potential elimination forever from public lands. You can help, too. Share this story with your friends and family. Write a letter to your Congressman to vote to protect the horses from a slaughterhouse. Volunteer at or donate to an animal rescue center, or adopt a wild horse or burro if you have a farm or ranch.