Duke's Foals

By Olivia Martin

Draft 1 Posted Date: 1/14/2016

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About the Book:

Duke's Foals is one of many stories Olivia Martin has from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. Throughout the story, Olivia tries to capture the emotion and personality of each mustang. Although the story is based on her own experiences, Olivia strives to tell the story of the horses. Her goal is to make the reader feel like they are in the park, and experiencing the wonder of seeing mustangs. Olivia hopes her musings will prompt people to visit the horses themselves, or perhaps do more research.

About the Author:

Ever since watching the Cloud documentaries on PBS Nature as a child, Olivia Martin has been fascinated by mustangs. In high school, she made her first visit to the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. Although she was only able to visit a small portion, she was hooked. After graduating high school, Olivia made a second trip to the Pryor Mountains, and added Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and McCullough Peaks to the list. During her internship at The Cloud Foundation, Olivia made two more visits to the Pryors and was able to visit White Mountain for the first time. Retracing her steps from high school, Olivia revisited Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, and McCullough Peaks. Currently, Olivia is working on writing down her stories from the range. Her goal is to help people become aware of mustangs in the western United States, but more importantly, she hopes readers enjoy her stories as if they were there.

Author's Note:

Since I grew up reading and writing fantasy, I've hesitated sharing this story, but the more I write about my experiences in wild horse ranges, the more comfortable it gets. Although there are some artistic liberties to help the flow of plot, I try to keep the short stories as true to my experiences as possible. I grew up watching the Cloud documentaries on PBS Nature, but while the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is truly an amazing place, there are so many other herds that are worthy of attention. Eventually, I would like to put together a collection of short stories about the places I have visited. I'm hoping that like the Cloud documentaries piqued my interest in mustangs, my stories might do the same for someone else. Although I try to show the lighter side of horses when writing my stories, each wild horse range is managed independently from each other. I don't plan to tell people what to think about management practices in my stories, but there are plenty of nonprofits that help people understand how it works. If, like me, you found out about mustangs through Cloud then http://thecloudfoundation.org/ is a good place to start. Personally, I like sites that are for a specific HMA, so http://pryormustangs.org/ is a good resource for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, http://ndbh.org/ is a good resource for Teddy Roosevelt National Park, and http://friendsofalegacy.org/ is a good resource for McCullough Peaks. There isn't a specific nonprofit for White Mountain, but https://reevesimagery.wordpress.com/ is an excellent blog that primarily focuses on White Mountain. Those are only the HMAs that I have been to, but there are several more that hardly anyone knows about. If I can get at least one person to read my stories and follow at least one link that would be wonderful, but if not, I hope people at least enjoy them.

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