THE GOLDEN HOOF by Winifred Kupper


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None of the lively, colorful qualities of the J. Frank Dobie books (The Longhorns, etc.) this is a largely informative account of sheep and sheep men in the Southwest. The flock, and the characteristics of the animal in individual and mass action; its history --from the first imports in the 16th century -- on to the breeds, the churro, the merino; the life of the Spanish pastor, the Anglo sheepherder; the hurdles and hazards to be , doctoring, food, animal enemies, outlaws and drifters, blizzard and drought and fire; the big sheep drives of the '80's and '90's, the range war between sheep men and cattle men; shearing and marketing the wool, etc. For those interested -- chiefly -- of professional rather than popular appeal.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1945
Publisher: Knopf