in the Sand Wild Horses of the Atlantic Coast
KY (April 17, 2002) Eclipse Press announces the publication of Hoofprints
in the Sand: Wild Horses of the Atlantic Coast.
theories surround the origins of the wild horses that inhabit the
barrier islands of the Eastern seaboard. Did they swim ashore from
ships that sunk en route from Spain to the New World? Were they
left behind by early settlers to eke out a tenuous existence in
harsh environs? In Hoofprints in the Sand, Bonnie S. Urquhart investigates
how these wild herds came to populate islands off the coasts of
Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.
uncovers the diverse ancestry of these horses. They contain the
blood of Spanish stock Jennets and Barbs brought to the New World
by conquistadors and explorers as well as the blood of breeds developed
by Colonial Americans.
all their similarities, the barrier island horses are unique. Urquhart
finds that each population has its own character, its own history,
and its own set of problems and concerns. In most cases, these animals
made a unique contribution to local history. Today, they are a key
attraction for visitors who flock to the Atlantic Coast barrier
islands. At the same time, these horses are in a fight for their
survival from real-estate developers and government agencies that
question their very right to exist.
in the Sand brings these horses and their challenges to life and
offers a vivid portrait of the islands they call home.
is the first book for author Bonnie S. Urquhart, a registered nurse,
artist, and former paramedic. A life-long horse lover, Urquhart
became interested in the plight of the Eastern seaboard horses during
a visit to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. She resides in Hershey,
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