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Trigger the Wonder Horse: An Inspirational Story of Faith, Healing & Miracles is a nonfiction animal memoir written by Angela Lenhardt. Lenhardt is a life coach, public speaker and author. When Lenhardt found herself unable to get help for Bailey, her buckskin quarter horse, one freezing Halloween Eve, she vowed that she would never have another horse for a companion. Bailey had been a rescue horse whose days were numbered until Lenhardt entered his life. She was able to see past his issues, and they had become a close-knit team. Losing him had been a gut-wrenching experience. But her resolve to stay clear of horses was overcome by a friend’s mention of a mistreated horse who needed help. Maybe, she thought, this would be a way to “make it up to Bailey” for not being able to get him help when he needed it. Trigger was fourteen years old at the time she adopted him; he was a shortish, light-colored Palomino. Lenhardt went slowly in helping him get to know her; they shared lots of walks with only a halter and lead rope, and sessions working to teach him the words they’d use to communicate. They bonded quickly and strongly, and have spent the last several decades as best friends and companions.
Trigger the Wonder Horse is a moving and beautifully told story about the author and her experiences with her best friend, Trigger. I quickly got involved in Lenhardt’s story and could feel the anguish of her inability to help Bailey. Her story about her early days with Trigger is fascinating and gave me a real sense for what it would be like to work and become bonded with a horse. Lenhardt gives the reader invaluable insights into equine/human relationships, and how horses interact with each other and the people in their lives. I particularly enjoyed seeing how Trigger grows emotionally and intellectually during his prolonged stay at the equine clinic, and marvelled at how the bond between him and Lenhardt kept him alive throughout his health ordeals. This book shares the burdens, responsibilities and expenses of horse ownership, but it also reveals why it’s all so worthwhile. Trigger the Wonder Horse: An Inspirational Story of Faith, Healing & Miracles is most highly recommended.