Mustangs of Wyoming’s Red Desert Topic of Presentation

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Image for Spring 2019 Werner Study Series.

Red Desert wild mustang photographer Chad Hanson will present “Honest Horses: Studying the Wild Mustangs of the Red Desert” on Thursday, Feb. 21 beginning at 7 p.m.

Hanson’s presentation will include a discussion of both the natural and cultural history of wild horses in the West, according to India Hayford, museum assistant.

“During the discussion, Chad will suggest the discipline of anthropology as a well-suited field for the study of social mammals, mustangs in particular. Participants will view a series of color slides, and the talk will conclude with a set of recommendations, with regard to wild horse management practices,” said Ms. Hayford.

Hanson serves as chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Studies at Casper College and is an instructor of sociology and social work. He is the author of two nonfiction titles: “Swimming with Trout” and “Trout Streams of the Heart;” two collections of poems: “Patches of Light” and “This Human Shape;” and two research works: “In Search of Self: Exploring Student Identity Development” and “The Community College and the Good Society.” He was awarded the Meadowhawk Prize in 2013, a 2014 Creative Writing Fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Wyoming Arts Council, and an honorable mention for Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry in 2019 from the council.

“Honest Horses: Studying the Wild Mustangs of the Red Desert” is free and open to the public. The Werner Wildlife Museum is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street. For more information call the museum at 307-235-2108 or email

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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