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or think you would if you had the chance, you will be fascinated
by this "horsey" compilation, for it breathes of wild life, primi-
tive struggle for the survival of the fittest, and the wide open
range-beautiful, powerful stallions racing over the Texas ter-
rain. The stories improve with familiarity and bear many a re-
reading and also retelling.
J. Frank Dobie, Mody C. Boatright, and Harry H. Ransom
have gathered over a wide range of writings and secured for
the contributors a more likely preservation for their efforts.
These familiar names represent all parts of Texas, Missouri,
Oklahoma, Tennessee, the University of California, a man edu-
cated in Dublin and London, natives of Scotland, Ireland, Colo-
rado, Mexico, and a Blackfoot Indian. These contributors grew
up with horses, horses they had had to conquer before they
could use them.
Early recorded observations, reports on research, anecdotes,
old-timers' reminiscences, twice-told tales, Indian legends, chuck
wagon gossip, and just plain folk-lore on horses in the South-
west make up Mustangs and Cow Horses. The book follows the
horseman and his horse through history and story from the
days of the Spanish conquest until the present, and is a com-
pilation grouped in seven major divisions: "Mustang Texas,"
which covers the historical phases; "Mustangs of the Staked
Plains," which contains several personal records of "Mustangs";
"Legendary Wild Horses," which includes J. Frank Dobie's "The
Deathless Pacing White Stallion"; "Caballos," which brings out
the Spanish and Mexican influence on horse lore; "A-Riding and
A-Pitching," which gives the reader plenty of action; "A Man
and His Horse," a group of stories and true reminiscences which
make the heart throb with warmth for the relationship of man
with this most successfully domesticated animal; and "Horse
Heroes," the concluding division.
The craftsmanship of Mustangs and Cow Horses deserves
much praise, for it definitely raises the standard of the press
in Texas. There are reproductions of illustrations from various
early day books on travel in Texas, and present day publica-
tions, and the artists have cooperated so that there are reprints
of illustrations from the books of John W. Thomason, Jr., Will
James, Ross Santee, Gutzon Borglum, Tom Lea, and many
others. Mrs. Marcelle Lively Hamer, Treasurer of the Texas
Folk-Lore Society, chose the typographical design of the book.
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