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  • ISBN: 9781324003076
  • ISBN: 1324003073
  • Physical Description: 247 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]

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Formatted Contents Note:
Emotional camouflage -- Stray dogs -- Moon & star -- Skinless -- Learning to walk -- Strength -- Green acres -- Centaur -- She's not ready -- Crooked line -- Cut me out -- Walmart -- Hundreds more -- Olivia -- Hidden language -- Broken -- Rootbeer -- Follow me -- To the river -- Just a few -- Waves -- Belle -- Soft creatures.
Summary, etc.:
"An alternative prison ranch in New Mexico conducts a daring experiment: setting the troubled residents out to retrain an aggressive herd of horses. The horses and prisoners both arrive at the ranch broken in one way or many- the horses often abandoned and suspicious, the residents, some battling drug and alcohol addiction, emotionally, physically, and financially shattered. Ginger Gaffney's job is to retrain the untrainable. With time, the horses and residents form a profound bond, and teach each other patience, control, and trust. As Gaffney peels away the layers of her own story- a solitary childhood, painful introversion, and a transformative connection with her first horse, a filly named Belle- she, too, learns to trust people as much as she trusts horses. Half Broke is a resonant memoir with a spirited, memorable cast that describes the fascinating ways both horses and humans seek relationships to survive"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Gaffney is appalled by what she sees when she arrives at the alternative prison ranch in New Mexico, where a herd of nearly feral horses lash out at anyone who dares try to control them. As Gaffney gets more acquainted with the ranch, run entirely by prisoners serving out their sentences, it becomes apparent why the horses are acting this way. Surrounded by 100 people whose every movement reflects their hard lives, from the way they hold their faces to their gait and the tension they carry in their bodies, the perceptive horses have picked up on the signals of danger. Slowly, Gaffney teaches the residents—some of whom are more willing to learn than others—how to bring the horses back to normalcy. Along the way, she learns the prisoners' stories and sees their struggles and occasional triumphs. She also recounts her own journey to ranch life, her sense of never quite fitting in, and how she found solace with these beautiful, powerful animals. With exciting showdowns and poignant moments, Half Broke finds freedom in self-control. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Gaffney, Ginger.
Horse trainers > United States > Biography.
Horses > Training > New Mexico.
Horses > Therapeutic use > New Mexico.
Criminals > Rehabilitation > New Mexico.
Human-animal relationships.
NATURE / Animals / Horses.
Criminals > Rehabilitation.
Horse trainers.
Horses > Therapeutic use.
Horses > Training.
Human-animal relationships.
New Mexico.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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