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Wild Horse Scientists (Scientists in the Field)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
     Meet scientists Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, who have devoted their professional careers to unraveling the mysteries of wild horses’ DNA and developing a way to vaccinate the Assateague Island, VA herds with the birth control hormone PZP. Follow Dr. Kirkpatrick as he braves extreme island weather, clouds of biting parasites, and endures thousands of watchfu ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Mar 01, 2012 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Shelves: humane-education
Young horse lovers will no doubt be attracted to this beautiful book--and will learn a great deal of facts and humane values in the process.

The bulk of the text deals with the Assateague Island wild horses and their non-lethal management with he contraceptive PZP. Unlike their Chincoteague Island brethren, these ponies are not subjected to stressful "roundups" and sale. The Assateague horses lead lives relatively free of interference, save for the annual PZP darting. They are also living much lo
Emily Garrison
Oct 28, 2016 Emily Garrison rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book has amazingly beautiful photography! It is a nonfiction book about wild horses from around the globe. It focuses mainly on a wild horse herd in Assateague Island of the Atlantic Coast (about 20 minutes from Ocean City, Maryland. Assateague Island National Seashore is home to more than 100 wild horses. The book also talks about a wild horse herd in the Prior Mountain Range in Montana and Wyoming. Federal park employees work to shoot the female horses with birth control so they can c ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Traci rated it it was amazing

Dr. Keiper and Dr. Kirkpatrick work together to develop a birth control vaccine for the fragile population of wild horses that inhabit Assateague Island. The book tells how they began their quest to help control the wild horse population, why they need to do so, and how they arrived eventually at Assateague Island. The birth control vaccine is administered and used to help control the population and maintain balance in the fragile ecosystem that is Assateague Island.

Genre: Junior Inform
Jul 26, 2013 Joan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: horse lovers
This was another top notch title in a top notch series. My only quibble might be perhaps a couple too many photos of dead horses. On the other hand, that produces the "Ooooh GROSS" enthusiastic reaction from kids so I suspect this is a problem in my mind only. It talks about the two areas best known in our country for wild horses: Assateague Island and Pryor Mountain. Anyone who likes horses at all will look at the first name and think MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE! Well, they are right and the author d ...more
Aug 01, 2013 Hilary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
“Scientists in the Field,” an exceptional nonfiction series, has another outstanding addition to offer: “Wild Horse Scientists.” “Misty of Chincoteague” fans will immediately be drawn to the engaging nonfiction book. Author Kay Frydenborg provides an interesting contrast to the fictional tale by offering a rare window onto the wild herds of Assateague Island, as well a nod to the Pryor Mountain wild horse herds of Montana. Frydenborg tracks doctors Ron Keiper and Jay Kirkpatrick’s diligent searc ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Ed added it
Frydenborg, K. (2012). Wild horse scientists. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 80 pp. ISBN: 978-0-547-51831-2. (Hardcover); $18.99.

Each living organism has a set of habitat requirements that allow the organism to live and reproduce. Wild horses are no different. In this book, Frydenborg presents students with that ever-present dilemma in today’s world of how to manage wild animals in a world that is out of balance. Natural resources are limited and hard choices must be made. Frydenborg talks about the
Jan 29, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Wild Horse Scientists by Kay Frydenborg, chonicles the efforts of scientists Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, who have studied wild horse DNA and developed a way to vacinate the the Assateague Island, Virginia herds with the birth control hormone PZP to control the wild horse population.

The excellent photography, much of it by Mike Francis, Amy Jacobs and Allison Turner, clearly shows wild horse herds in Virginia and Montana, the scientific steps taken, and a variety of wild horse behavi
Becky B
A look into the lives of wild horses in America, one of the scientists who pioneered the modern studies of these creatures on Assateague Island and Pryor Mountain. The book primarily focuses on the challenges of keeping a healthy population size for these animals with no natural predators in a way that is affordable and humane, that led scientists to the solution of using the PZP birth control vaccine.

Not many books focus on studying how to keep the population size of a favored wild animal in co
Jim Erekson
Apr 22, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
Because this book features the work of specific scientists (Jay Kirkpatrick, Ron Keiper, and Allison Turner)--even discussing some of their specific experiments and field work--I sort of expected to see a reference to a paper or two by the scientists themselves. No dice! A range of secondary sources rules the day. The book talks about the scarcity of scientific studies on wild horses back in the 1970s, and clearly references a written proposal by Keiper. None of these authentic texts is featured ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, children
While this book does cover a lot about the wild horses/ponies of Assateague Island and the scientists studying and helping them, it also delves into wild horses at Pryor Mountain in the west, general horse history and information, and topics related to horses and the scientists who study them. The book is illustrated with many photos in full color, many full-page spreads, and information not directly related to the scientists on Assateague is presented in different formats or sidebars to disting ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: libs642class
The Wild Horse Scientist is a nonfiction book with details about the wild horse refuge on Assateague Island on the Virginia/ Maryland border. Scientist cataloged the birth and deaths of wild horses while developing a birth control method to extend the life of the horses on the island. If a horse gives birth each year, the life expectancy is 7 to 8 years. When injected with PZP, a birth control substance, the scientists were able to allow the horses to have one foul and extend the life of the hor ...more
This is another great book in the Scientists in the Field series. It highlights the scientists who, since 1971, have been working on maintaining wild horse populations on Assateague Island in Maryland as well as on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range in Montana without having to round up the horses. They have done this by developing a contraceptive that is administered by dart gun. This book gives a brief history of wild horses in the US, as well as the scientific work that has been done to docu ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Michaela rated it really liked it
Shelves: 642
Genre: Informational - I would recommend this for 5th grade on up. It’s for anyone who loves animals and especially horses.

Summary: This is the story of the wild horses of North America their evolution, migration, and survival as a species. This book also provides the science of their history, their coat coloring, and how science is ensuring that their populations don't get out of control in the wild.

Curriculum Connection: There could be math connections made with the ratio of horses that receiv
Dec 02, 2013 Bethe rated it it was amazing
#nerdlution day 5. Excellent addition to the Scientists in the Field series. This is a nice blend of traditional nonfiction and literary/narrative nonfiction. It begins with an interesting contrast of the national park worker who has her own horses snug in the barn yet keeps watch over the wild horses on the parklands. Several scientists and their contributions to wild horse conservation are profiled: birth control vaccine from a dart gun and science of mammal embryo transplantation that eventua ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
Genre: Informational

Summary: This informational book tells the importance of horse control population on Assoteauge Island in Maryland and Delaware.

A) photographs
B) the greatest strength of this book (aside from the relative distance from my hometown) is the informational and beautiful photographs that are placed throughout the book in order to exemplify the text and words in the story.
C) Specifically, when discussing the mating rituals and habitat of the book, the author placed an ex
3.5 out of 5
An informative and engaging narrative, like one of those National Geographic documentaries.

1) Why include a photograph of an image displayed on a computer screen instead of including an actual imagine?
2) Although more complex scientific terms are explained quite well, the use of the term "hypothesis" is questionable: "She wanted to understand how assumptions about human behavior might distort our vision of animals. In testing this hypothesis, ... " (40). My understanding is t
Jody Lewandowski
Jan 09, 2014 Jody Lewandowski rated it really liked it
Shelves: information
I picked up this book because I was drawn to the cover, a lovely photograph of the wild horses on the Assateague Island beach. My family has vacationed on nearby Chincoteague Island for many, many years, so I recognized them immediately. For all that I thought I knew about these horses, I learned a tremendous amount of new information about these animals. For instance, I didn't even know there were two herds - one on the southern half of the island in Virginia, the other in the northern half in ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Hilary rated it it was amazing
The photographs are outstanding featuring mostly Chincoteague ponies and even the wild mustangs out West. This informative book relates the efforts of two scientists in their quest to develop a safe reproductive vaccine to manage the herds. Assateague Island is bucolic, but also plagued by extremes in temperature and biting insects. The ponies have survived storms and hurricanes for centuries. You can feel the essence of Misty of the Chincoteague and the legend (probably truth) of ponies swimmin ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Ekassel added it
Shelves: 642-shelf
Age: 7th-11th

Genre: Informational

Summary: This book looks at wild horses, specifically those on Assateague Island. The scientists that the book focuses on are researching population control methods.

Curriculum Connection: This book definitely ties in with many biology topics, as well as a great overall source on wild horses. It also incorporates the history of wild horses in North America.

Personal Reaction: I liked the book, the way it was laid out, and the amount of information it contained. H
Abby Johnson
Mar 29, 2013 Abby Johnson rated it it was ok
While you can rest assured that any entry in the Scientists in the Field books is going to be well-researched and contain great back matter, the subject of this one was a miss for me. Maybe it's because I've never really cared about horses much, but I feel like a whole book basically about horse birth control might strain the interest of even die-hard horse book fans. Okay, there is additional info about the history of horses, how selective breeding developed different color patterns, and the hi ...more
May 23, 2015 Nora rated it really liked it
This book is really good for anyone who wants to know more about Assateague’s wild horses, and if you don’t know anything about them, then this book is a great way to learn about them. This book is mainly about developing a birth control for the wild horses, because when they have foals every year, there get to be way to many horses and they have to round them up way more to sell them away to get rid of them which could be a little traumatic, plus having lots of foals decreases the lifespan of t ...more
Brenda Kahn
Jan 21, 2013 Brenda Kahn rated it it was amazing
Okay. It's official. I can no longer be "objective" about the Scientists in the Field series. It is so consistently well researched, well photographed, accessible and just plain interesting that, well, there's nothing more for me to say. The series has been an automatic purchase for me for some time. It fits right in with a collaborative project I work with the seventh grade teacher on. It's just perfect informational text.
Mary Norell Hedenstrom
Jan 04, 2014 Mary Norell Hedenstrom rated it it was amazing
Great true story of a scientist's career controlling wild horse populations out west and on Assoteague Island. It shows the scientific method in progress with beautiful color photographs. It also includes people in supporting careers. I also made a personal connection with this book as I camped on Assoteague Island with my family in June 2001.
Mar 30, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it
Will this book interest middle and high school readers? It's too difficult for elementary readers, with a lot of information about assisted reproduction, but I'm not sure older readers will be as drawn to it.
Apr 09, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-nonfiction
Gorgeous photos of wild horses, mostly those of Assateague and Chincoteague islands; but also some from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. Interesting stories and facts about the horses and the men and women who study them.
Mar 01, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
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Mar 21, 2013 Nancy added it
Shelves: nonfiction
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Annie Pasma
This was a good book about wild horses and the people who study them. Full of facts and cool pictures. Recommend for older kids between 12 and 14.
Dec 18, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing
Scientists in the Field!
Dec 25, 2013 Brenda rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
The photographs are remarkable but the text has a tendency to get very specific I feel it limits its audience.
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