Wild Horses, Wild Wolves. Legends at risk at the foot of the Canadian Rockies by Maureen Enns. Published by Rocky Mountain Books. The book is being launched this Thursday, June 20th, between 5 & 8 pm at the Masters Gallery at 2115-4th St. SW.
For six years the author has been riding into the Horse Lake, upper Aura Creek, Salter Ridge area of the Waiparous to study the wild horses that co-exist with the other wild animals of the area for their own mutual survival. It appears the horses have evolved over generations from their feral status 100 years ago, to wild status in both their behaviour and their physical attributes. For instance, I never knew that the shape of the hooves has evolved to deal with mud and bog, which other horses are totally unable to handle. Maureen calls it “rewilding.”
I have been to Horse Lake four times and have never seen a wildie or a wolf, though their tracks are everywhere. The route was described in the third edition of the Kanananskis Country Trail Guide and is once again described in the upcoming volume 3 of the 4th edition. See trail #1 Aura Creek Sand Dunes. But tread quietly. We don’t want to be labelled in the same category as horse trappers, wolf hunters, and noisy OHVers who persist in riding off the designated OHV trails.
I found this book totally engrossing, the information drawn from personal experience, from other experts and from stories told by the Stoney Nakoda and her neighboring ranchers. It is illustrated by her own artwork and by photos, including an illuminating set taken by remote control cameras activated by motion.
At the book launch Maureen’s paintings and drawings will be on display as well as bronzes by Lois Green. The evening will also offer refreshments, presentations by both artists and a performance by Cori Brewster, likely singing Valley of the Ghost. The exhibition lasts until June 29th.