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Ginger Gaffney, a top-ranked horse trainer, is the author of the memoir "Half Broke," out February 2020 by W.W. Norton. "Half Broke" chronicles Gaffney's first year and a half working with prisoners and a band of feral horses on a resentencing prison facility in New Mexico. The horses and prisoners arrive at the ranch emotionally and physically broken. Gaffney is given the difficult job to try and train the untrainable.
"Half Broke" is resonant, smart, and beautifully written. There is so much to learn about the ways horses and humans communicate and seek relationships. Gaffney tells a story that is deeply human and moving, honoring both the prisoners and their horses. It's a stunning account of the difficult art of survival.
Gaffney received a master's of fine arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and her work has been published in Tin House, Witness Magazine, Quarterly West, and the Utne Reader. She lives in Velarde, N.M.