The Wild Horse Who Loved the Girl

book cover11.25-inches wide by 9.25-inches tall, hard cover, beautifully illustrated with color sketches.
The Wild Horse Who Loved the Girl

This short, heavily illustrated book tells the story of a wild mustang’s rescue from a shelter for homeless horses by a pre-teenage girl. The young horse clings to memories of a glorious freedom with a wild herd of horses before being subjected to cruelties and abuse when captured and later abandoned.

The young girl carefully nurtures and trains the horse in a program to find homes for these rescued animals. A bond forms between the sensitive girl and the grateful horse, who finds for the first time someone in the world of people who truly cares for him.

When the training ends, the bond formed between the girl and the once-wild horse makes it difficult to separate them when the horse is purchased at an auction.

The Wild Horse Who Loved the Girl is inspired by a true story and one of many Jennifer Hustis has gathered from her life of learning with horses.

"The quietly touching story Hustis has to tell, based on the experience of her own daughter, is accompanied by the artist’s simplified and understated, yet highly evocative, illustrations of scenes from the book."

— John Brandenburg
The Oklahoman

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