At the start of Half Broke: A Memoir (W.W. Norton), a remarkable story of recovery, healing, and redemption, horse trainer and writer 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 . 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, Ginger Gaffney walks us through her struggle to train the “untrainable.”
“Written with clarity and compassion, Half Broke, is about the astounding power of horses to heal broken human beings. It shows a side of New Mexico that is seldom seen--the poverty and the struggle, but also the hopefulness and odd beauty of spirit within the people and the horses.”- Leslie Marmon Silko.
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