Half Broke by Ginger Gaffney audiobook

Half Broke: A Memoir

By Ginger Gaffney
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Highbridge Audio 9781324003076
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A top-ranked horse trainer’s gorgeous, life-affirming memoir that offers profound insight into the fascinating ways both horses and humans seek relationships to survive. 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.

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Summary

Summary

Nominated for the Reading the West Book Award

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A top-ranked horse trainer’s gorgeous, life-affirming memoir that offers profound insight into the fascinating ways both horses and humans seek relationships to survive.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Some of the most compelling characters here don’t speak in words: they are horses. And in Gaffney’s story, they come alive.” BookPage
“The characters leap off the page and into your heart.” Anne Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author
“Gaffney pulls off the impressive feat of translating horses and humans. She creates lyricism through experience, landscape, and empathy.” Washington Independent Review of Books
“Half Broke documents a year and a half of finding deep connection and communion.” New York Times Book Review
“Gaffney’s story will delight horse lovers, and her anxieties as an introvert will broaden the appeal of this passionate memoir.” Publishers Weekly
“A heartening story of healing and interspecies connection.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Ginger Gaffney

Author Bio: Ginger Gaffney

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English