Mention a Mustang and everyone instantly has an image in mind; usually a gleaming, wild-maned horse galloping freely across American grasslands. This book charts the progress of the authors as they spent five years living alongside these beautiful animals, travelling from North Dakota to Nevada.

The breed is given a real chance to shine; the book contains passages about the evolution of Mustangs, how they arrived in the northwest of the USA, and how their arrival altered native American life. Their life cycle is explained, from birth to death, with a dose of realism not always present in ‘fly on the wall’ titles.

The photographs are truly exceptional and gain something through their captioning; the authors explain about the individual horses they witnessed and the background behind the image. There are some stunning foal shots, fighting shots, beautiful sunsets and images that capture the seasons and the changing challenges they present for the horses.

This book is simply beautiful and provides such valuable insights into this wild species and the challenging relationship it faces with humans; it will make wonderful fire-side reading for any horselover, male or female, this Christmas.

Published by Firefly Books, ISBN 9781554073184