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The Last Diving Horse in America: Rescuing Gamal and Other Animals--Lessons in Living and Loving

Author: Cynthia Branigan  

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The inspiring story of the rescue of the last diving horse in America, and how horse and animal rescuer were each profoundly transformed by the other. . It was the signature attraction of Atlantic City's Steel Pier from the 1930s to the 1970s, the golden age of "America's Favorite Playground"--Doc Carver's High Diving Horses. Four times a day, seven days a week, a trained horse wearing only a harness ran up a ramp; a diving girl jumped on its back, and both sailed forty feet through the air, plunging into a ten foot deep tank of water. Decades later, after cries of animal abuse, and changing times, the act was finally shuttered and the very Last Atlantic City Steel Pier Diving Horse was on the auction block. The author, on a rescue mission for her employer, animal rights pioneer Cleveland Amory, and $2,600 later spent in a fierce auction, Gamal, gleaming coated, commanding, was hers: she who knew almost nothing about horses. Cynthia Branigan tells the story of how horse and new owner come to know and educate and trust one another; teaching each other important lessons of living and loving. Branigan writes of the history of diving horses and how rescuing and caring for Gamal led her to save other animals, at first as company for Gamal--burros, and others, and then finally, saving a 10 year-old retired Greyhound, nearly broken in spirit, who, with Gamal, came back to his happy self, and opened up for the author a new and purposeful world. .

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Critic Reviews

“"[A] winning look back at seeing the iconic Steel Pier attraction as a child, a breathtaking unpacking of a traumatic memory so often shorthanded in Atlantic City lore."--Amy Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer "In this moving love letter to rescued animals, Branigan, founder of Make Peace with Animals, shares her deep passion for giving unwanted creatures a second chance at life . . . This heartfelt story will be catnip for animal lovers."-- Publishers Weekly "An interesting look at the early animal-rights movement, and the impact that the dedication of a small group can have."-- Booklist "This book is a gem. The Last Diving Horse in America revealed the many ways that animal and human relationships can form. I loved reading it and recommend it to anyone who cares about animals."--Mary Lewis, horse trainer and Master equitation instructor”

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About the Author

CYNTHIA BRANIGAN grew up in New Jersey and was educated at Franconia College and the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Make Peace With Animals, Inc., and pioneered the adoption of retired racing Greyhounds worldwide. She lives in New Hope, PA.

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Product Details

Publisher
Random House USA Inc | Pantheon
Published
19th October 2021
Pages
304
ISBN
9781101871959
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