The Last Good HorseBook - 2011
Hidden atop Montana¿s Pryor Mountain, the last of the purebred Spanish mustangs still roam free. They are the direct descendants of Cortez¿s noble jennets and a rare breed. For over two hundred years they have lived in an isolated Garden of Eden, safe from the outside world and the most feared predator of all ¿ man. But in 1919, when a band of cowboys discover their whereabouts, all tranquility ends. The taking of free mustangs on Federal land becomes a lucrative but tainted business. Over the next twenty years the cowboys systematically slaughter thirty thousand horses and ship the carcasses to cannery plants hungry for cheap feed. By the summer of 1939, less than one thousand jennets remain alive. Enter seventeen-year-old Billy Bartell. Desperate to flee a macabre life as a mortician, Billy all-too eagerly takes up company among the last of the old West drovers. It seems Billy has the requisite skills to both hunt down the horses and prep the creatures¿ carcasses for the iced-down boxcars. Yet, the pact he makes with the camp boss, Captain Belial, may not have been his wisest decision. Getting out of a pact with the devil never is. Now, Billy is faced with another monumental decision: continue eradicating the herds or save the last of the good horses from extinction.
Publisher: Boerne, TX : ConRoca Pub., c2011.
Branch Call Number: W ANDE
Characteristics: 217 p. ; 22 cm.