• The Outside of a Horse

  • By: Ginny Rorby
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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The Outside of a Horse

By: Ginny Rorby
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
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Publisher's summary

The stories Hannah Gale’s father told her of breaking wild horses in Nevada one glorious summer when he was her age have captured her imagination. After her dad is called to fight in Iraq, she regularly stops to watch the horses at the nearby stable to feel closer to him, and finally gathers the nerve to ask the owner for a job. There she helps bring a rescued mare back from the brink, takes her first riding lesson, and witnesses the birth of the filly who steals her heart.

Hannah believes the worst is over when her dad returns from war, but soon she realizes her family’s fight is only just beginning. When his nightmares rock the household, it is the horses Hannah turns to for comfort. Can the horses help her teach her dad the same lessons of survival and hope they’ve taught her?

Based on a patchwork of true stories, this is a heartbreaking story about the rehabilitative power of animals and the depth of the human capacity for hope.

Ginny Rorby holds undergraduate degrees in biology and English from the University of Miami and an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. Her young adult novel, Dolphin Sky, was nominated for the Keystone to Reading Book Award. She is also director of the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association. She lives in Fort Bragg, California.

©2010 Ginny Rorby (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“This novel really shines in showing how horses can help troubled humans heal their physical and emotional wounds.” (School Library Journal)

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Beautifully written about the struggles of lives

This book contained so many truths about human and horse struggles of which I was familiar with. However this would be very educational for readers not familiar with the horse industry. This was an emotionally powerful read. The narrator did an excellent job, although her voice was a bit higher pitch than I am used to. Since the main character was a teenage girl, her voice worked well for this book.

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