Half Broke: A Memoir
At the start of this remarkable story of recovery, healing, and redemption, Ginger Gaffney answers a call to help retrain the troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico, a facility run entirely by the prisoners. The horses are scavenging through the dumpsters, kicking and running down the residents when they bring the trash out after meals. One horse is severely injured.
The horses and residents arrive at the ranch broken in one way or many: the horses are defensive and terrified, while the residents, some battling drug and alcohol addictions, are emotionally and physically shattered. With deep insight into how animals and humans communicate through posture, body language, and honesty of spirit, Gaffney walks us through her struggle to train the untrainable.
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—and she, too, learns to trust people as much as she trusts horses. As her year-long odyssey builds toward a dramatic conclusion, the group experiences triumphs and failures, brave recoveries and relapses, as well as betrayals and moving stories of trust and belonging.
JLG Release: Apr 2020
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8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
W. W. Norton (Adult)
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Crime: General, Violence: Cruelty to Animals, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence
Horse trainers, Horses, Therapeutic use of horses, New Mexico, Rehabilitation of criminals, Human-animal relationships, Memoirs,