Wed, Feb 05 | Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehous

Ginger Gaffney, Half Broke

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.
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Date, Time & Location

Feb 05, 2020, 6:00 PM
Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehous, 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM, USA

About the Event

“Written with clarity and compassion, this memoir 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, Author of Ceremony

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 trans-formative 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.

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