February 1, 1989: Mack Hughes narrates to his wife, Stella Hughes, the Hashknife Cowboy, his memoirs of cowboy life on the sprawling Hashknife Ranch in New Mexico and Eastern Arizona circa 1922. In the chapter on wild horses, Hughes describes thousands of wild horses called broomies by the cowboys running on the Rim and the delight the ranchers took in running with the broomies. Some of the broomies were caught and tamed to become excellent ranch horses. Continuous wild horse sightings in Apache Sitgreaves National Forests are documented in the Hughes book, in Jo Baeza’s Arizona Highways February 1988 story Horses of Arizona, and by residents through narration and pictures from the early part of the 20th century through the present.
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