Wind Dancer

Wind Dancer
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April 01, 2014
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Ali McCormick used to love horses. But then she and her beloved pony Max were in an accident; Ali was injured, Max died, and Ali's brother Danny, who caused the accident, joined the military. Now Danny has returned from Afghanistan, injured and traumatized. He's learning to walk with the prosthetic that has replaced one of his legs, but he can't seem to find a way to reconnect with family and friends. Withdrawn and quick to anger, Danny suffers from terrible nightmares and frightening mood changes. When Ali and her friend Cara realize that an elderly neighbor has been neglecting her horses, they decide they have to act. Little does Ali realize that she'll end up having to help care for these two horses, who are starved and suffering from malnutrition. Can Ali rise above her painful memories and love a horse again? And can Wind Dancer, also injured and traumatized, help Danny find meaning in his life again?(

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Ali blames herself for a lot of things-- the accident that injured her and resulted in the death of her horse, Max; her brother going off to war and coming back from Afghanistan injured; the fact that no one is helping the horses that belong to the old lady near her family. When she and her friend visit the horses at night and realize how bad off they are, she does call animal control, and the animals are taken from the neighbor. Ali's parents think that she will benefit from taking care of the horses, so agree to foster them. They have been so neglected that they must be fed veyr small amounts frequently, so Ali spends a lot of time with them but tries very hard not to get attached, especially to Wind Dancer, who reminds her of Max. Ali's brother, Danny, has a protheses for his missing leg, but doesn't want to use it and doesn't really want to do anything to help himself recover. The parents seem powerless to compel him to do anything, but he eventually starts to help Ali with the horses and

Horse books are a category that can have a huge, avid following, and it's tough to find well done books. This was a great short book that covered both the issue of caring for horses and the issue of returning vets with PTSD. This would go well with Rorby's The Outside of a Horse.
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