Last Chance Mustang
Last Chance Mustang is the story of Samson, a formerly free-roaming, still wild-at-heart American mustang that was plucked from his mountainous Nevada home and thrown into the domestic horse world where he was brutalized and victimized. After years of abuse, Samson had evolved into a hateful and hated, maladjusted beast until the day he found his way to a rural Illinois farm, an ill-equipped owner, and one last chance. Mitch Bornstein's task was to tame the violent beast whose best defense had become offense. He had twenty years of experience fixing unfixable horses, but Samson would be his greatest challenge. Through the pair's many struggles and countless battles, Samson would teach Mitch about the true power of hope, friendship, redemption and the inspiring mettle of the forever wild and free American mustang. Last Chance Mustang will move the reader to both tears and laughter. Part history lesson, part training manual, and part animal narrative, Samson's is a story that all readers will be able to relate to: a story of survival, trust, and ultimately, finding love.
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""
At the age of seven, MITCHELL BORNSTEIN jumped atop his first horse, and since then, 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.