Birgit Stutz, a journalist, riding instructor and horse trainer, actively participated in the rescue. She lives on a ranch in the Canadian Rockies and was part of the rescue team. Lawrence Scanlan is the author of The Horse God Built: Secretariat, His Groom, Their Legacy and wrote the Introduction and Afterword of the original Monty Roberts' New York Times bestselling book The Man Who Listens to Horses.
Journalist, horse trainer, and riding instructor Stutz and Scanlan (The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse) tell the story of Belle and Sundance, two packhorses who were abandoned high up in the Canadian Rockies. Their owner, an inexperienced packer, had attempted to take supplies to a friend. After going through several bogs, the horses refused to go farther. The owner left them, thinking they would come down the mountain on their own. In December 2008, two snowmobilers spotted them. The horses had been without food for so long that they had eaten all the hair from each other's tails. Bringing along some horse lovers to assess the animals' condition, the snowmobilers came back with hay and a gun. The group decided that the horses had a chance to survive, and so the community of McBride, BC, began a concerted effort to save them. Verdict Readers who enjoyed Susan Richards's Chosen by a Horse and Jana Harris's Horses Never Lie About Love: The Story of a True Heart Named True Colors will appreciate this book. Recommended for all animal lovers.-Patsy E. Gray, formerly with Huntsville P.L., AL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.