BUCK WILD by Glenn Balch


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Buck, a rangy gold-colored mustang, spends most of his life outwitting men--on horseback and in planes--who pursue bands of wild horses in hopes of turning them into cannery fodder, experimental breeding studs, or cow ponies. With some ten equine westerns to his credit, Balch clearly understands the dynamics of the free roaming ""bunch"" and the attitudes of ranchers who, often as not, regard wild horses as a drain on scarce grazing land. The style is leaden: Balch packs his sentences with redundant adjectives, and nothing is ever simply small, but ""small in size."" Yet anyone who thrills to the action of flying hooves and wind tossed manes will appreciate Balch's mastery of horse psychology.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1976
Publisher: T. Y. Crowell