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Last Chance Mustang: The Story of One Horse, One Horseman, and One Final Shot at Redemption Hardcover – June 23, 2015
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“This deeply felt portrayal of the bond between man and a horse has universal appeal.” ―Elle
“Horse enthusiasts will be moved by Samson's tale, laughing at his quirky personality and weeping at the injustices experienced by this noble beast. Animal lovers will enjoy being introduced to the collection of formerly unloved, rejected animals that are part of Samson's new life. Bornstein, a talented storyteller, captures the distinct personality of each barnyard companion.” ―Library Journal
“The author's examination of the history of wild horses is informative....his sensitive portrayal of his evolving relationship with Samson is the highlight...moving.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“An engrossing tale of redemption, perseverance, and the bond between a horse and trainer” ―Booklist
“Through Bornstein's masterful storytelling, we understand, sympathize and fall in love with his equine pupil, Samson, who is the very embodiment of the systematic abuses inflicted on our nation's wild Mustangs, our natural wonders. Last Chance Mustang should be required reading in every high school and by every adult American until our wild Mustangs and burros are as revered as the American eagle. Bornstein brilliantly shows us how they deserve no less.” ―Jo Anne Normile, author of Saving Baby
“Bornstein's story is far more than a tale of how one man tamed a wild horse. It is the story of man's dark history with horses and the heartbreaking consequences. Through his painstaking work with a traumatized wild Mustang named Samson, Bornstein reminds all of us that, when working with horses, we are among equals. It is this enlightened understanding that makes Bornstein's training techniques so successful. Three cheers for Last Chance Mustang.” ―Susan Richards, author of CHOSEN BY A HORSE
“I began reading Last Chance Mustang with the eye of an expert skeptic. At first, I scoffed at the folly of a lawyer working with such a challenging horse. But like the horse he redeemed, I was made a believer by Mitch Bornstein's compassion, authenticity and resiliency. I was expecting illusions but was delighted with insights and inspiration. In the language of the horse, I bow to this book.” ―Chris Irwin, author of HORSES DON'T LIE and DANCING WITH YOUR DARK HORSE
About the Author
At the age of seven, MITCHELL BORNSTEIN jumped atop his first horse, and in the thirty-eight years since, he has pursued his life's dream of working with damaged, abused, and difficult horses. College, law school, and nineteen years as an attorney led him on a journey to save the horses that no one else will. Bornstein lives in Wheeling, Illinois. Last Chance Mustang is his first book.
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Reading Last Chance Mustang, I felt like I found a kindred spirit. Mitchell Bornstein employs many of the tools I learned and his compassion in working with Samson is what I saw with all of the trainers that I learned from. He saw Samson. He saw the hurt, the confusion, the anger that Samson learned to use as a defense against further pain and torture.
If I could change one thing, I would have preferred he didn't use the word "break". To me the true meaning is breaking a horses spirit and honestly that is one of the best things about them. I was taught to gentle horses. It may be just a word, but it's also a mindset and I do believe he didn't break Samson, he gentled him.
I cried during some of book, thinking about what Samson had gone through and how difficult it was to trust again. I didn’t want the book to end, but thankfully knew the story doesn’t because I'm still hearing about Samson often on Facebook. I thank Mitchell Bornstein for not only seeing that Samson needed him, but staying with him and writing their story for us to enjoy and learn from. This is a book I will keep.
what the government has done to the mustangs is deplorable but the book could have been advertised as a treatise on wild horse management and it would have been a much more accurate discription of the book.
THIS BOOK IS FABULOUS and heartwarming and should be read by all who are interested in our beautiful Wild Mustangs. It also gives great history on the many abuses of our Government's Wild Horse and Burrow policies and the barbaric implementation of of these policies by our own Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the direction of US Department of The Interior, which is run by Secretary Sally Jewel currently.
This book takes the reader on a journey of connection, trust, respect, understanding, hope, friendship and most importantly, love as Mitchell Bornstein moves the volatile Samson through months and months of heartbreaking training... trying desperately to move Samson through the pain and hurt this beautiful horse has had to endure since being captured by the BLM in a Helicopter Roundup in Nevada in 2003. This book is beautifully written, touching the heart and soul of the reader with every word on each and every page. BUY IT! READ IT! and then fall in love with the journey of Samson and Mitchell, the goodness and importance of connection, trust, understand....and most importantly, the love between a man and a Wild Horse. This book is goodness and love at its best....you MUST read this book.....ENJOY!