If you’re served a piece of humble pie, thank the server and choke it down. So says H. Alan Day, an award-winning author and American cowboy, who grew up on a 200,000-acre southwestern cattle ranch, made a hand at age five, and lived adventures most of us only witness on Netflix. While interacting with cowhands, horses, and the land, Alan learned valuable life lessons about loyalty, trust, humility, forgiveness, persistence, failure, innovation, and success. Now, this cowboy shares his hard-earned wisdom with those who may never own or even ride a horse, much less rope a cow, train a wild mustang, or witch a well, but who, like Alan, contend day-in and day-out with the true grit of life. COWBOY UP! is a collection of thirty-five personal stories narrated by Alan Day in his authentic western voice. These stories evoke laughter, disbelief, wonder, joy, and more than a few heartfelt tears. So saddle up and enjoy the ride!
H. ALAN DAY was raised on and managed the 200,000-acre Lazy B ranch in southeastern Arizona. With his sister, Sandra Day O’Connor, he coauthored the New York Times bestselling Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest. In his second award-winning memoir, The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs, he tells the story about creating the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary and caring for and training 1500 wild mustangs.
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