Author Leigh Bale Blogs about Wild Horses
by guest blogger Leigh Bale
Read on to the end, for a chance in a drawing for a FREE BOOK!
Howdy from Nevada! Today, I’d like to chat about wild mustangs. I have a new book available from Harlequin Love Inspired titled HEALING THE FOREST RANGER. The story is centered around the wild horses that live and run free here in Nevada. I’ve tried to tackle a very difficult issue about whether or not the wild horses should be rounded up and moved off the land when they become too numerous to support their herds with food and water. The heroine is a forest ranger who loves the horses, but views this dilemma from an ecological perspective. The hero is a medical doctor and former prisoner of war and a wild horse advocate who thinks the mustangs should be left alone. The horses serve as a metaphor for the struggles the main characters are dealing with in their personal lives. A very poignant read I hope you’ll enjoy.
My father is a retired U.S. forest ranger. When I was young, he’d take me with him to go out and check on “his wild horses,” as he called them. The picture below shows the mustangs living around Cherry Creek, Nevada. One time, we got between the stallion and his herd of mares. He was furious with us. He screamed, reared, and charged the truck. I was very glad to be safely inside with metal doors to protect me. We quickly moved out of the way, but I’ll never forget the wild beauty of that stallion. The opening scene to my new book is based on that encounter.
Did you know you can adopt a wild horse? The Bureau of Land Management can assist you with this endeavor. If you aren’t able to adopt, you can get involved in many other ways. Check out their website for more information.
That said, I’d like to randomly give away several copies of this heart-warming new book today. What is your favorite color for a horse? Have you ever ridden a horse before? Do you own a horse? Do you like horses? (There is no right or wrong answer to these questions.) 🙂
Here’s a link to the BLM’s wild horse adoption program:
And here is Leigh’s latest book!
Healing the Forest Ranger
Love Inspired Books
Rancher to the Rescue ~ When a wild mustang threatens someone’s life, rancher Cade Baldwin springs into action. But he’s not pleased when he sees the beautiful woman he’s saved is the town’s new forest ranger. Lyn Warner is determined to round up the wild horses Cade loves so much. But she’s also the woman who makes him smile like no one else. After her husband died in a car crash, Lyn turned her back on her beliefs and focused all her attention on her injured daughter. But Cade’s strong faith and steady love might be exactly what they all need to create an unbreakable family.
Leave a comment or a question for Leigh, and you’ll be automatically entered in a drawing for a copy of her new book!!
Thanks so much for visiting the blog, Leigh! Your book sounds wonderful, and I love reading about wild horses. Best wishes!
It must have been a wonderful growing up with wild horses! You’re book sound fascinating 🙂
Emily, sorry…maybe I’m making this too difficult. My email address is: Leigh@ LeighBale.com (No spaces.) Thanks!
Emily, it was fun to go out and view the mustangs with my father and husband. An unforgettable memory.
AND…I’m delighted to announce that you are the first winner of an autographed copy of HEALING THE FOREST RANGER. If you wil send me an email with your mailing address, I’ll pop the book into the mail to you. Enjoy!
Hello. It is neat to see horses in the wild. They are free and probably have a wild spirit that just flies with the wind. It would be a good site to see.
Lucinda, I think because horses are a beautiful animal that can run, their manes and tails whipping in the wind, we find them so appealing. I suppose they are like any of God’s creatures…loving their freedom. 🙂
My favorite horse is a black arabian and yes I have ridden a few times loved it too.I do not own a horse but love them and think they are beautiful..Thanks for your great stories..
RitaJean, it’s so easy to love a horse, isn’t it? Thanks!
Hi Leigh 🙂
Reading your blog tonight took me back in time. I too was blessed to grow up with horses in my life. Back in Germany, when I was but a young girl, I would ride bareback through the fields and farming pastures into the forest with my horse. It was a magical time, just he and I. The freedom of the ride and the bonding with the animal was just priceless. Here I was ontop of a magnificent and powerful animal, trusting him and becoming one as we rode …. it gave me time to think, time to just listen and time to love. I now live in Indiana, on a little over 2 acres in the countryside, but unfortunately not enough land to keep a horse. But my 2 crazy little critter dogs keep me laughing and give me an incredible amount of unconditional love ( which is the best kind of love if you ask me ). These days, I just close my eyes and I can feel what it was like back in the day on my horse, a time I will treasure until I die. Thank God for memories. And for books and writers like you ! I am looking forward to reading your book. I contribute yearly to the wild mustang fund for they need to be free and protected. They are but a wonderful example of God’s creatures here on earth. Keep on writing ! Hugs 🙂
Trisch, your memories sound so ideal and poetic. Thanks for sharing. 🙂