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Each book in the True Horse Stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, and each animal is, in his or her own way, a hero.PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over thEach book in the True Horse Stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, and each animal is, in his or her own way, a hero.PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over the Goodwin property, it took with it the fences, the cattle, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. They were told he was in terrible shape and should be put down. Nevertheless, Heather drove on washed-out roads to bring him home, starving, dehydrated, and blind in one eye. With the help of a vet and her mother, she nursed him back to health. Amazingly, nine months later, he was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Gunner's story is a testament to love and to determination....

Title : Gunner: Hurricane Horse
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ISBN : 9780887769054
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 95 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Gunner: Hurricane Horse Reviews

  • Joan Huehnerhoff
    2019-02-11 11:36

    Wonderful telling of the story of Gunner, Hurricane Katrina Survivor.

  • Hilary
    2019-02-04 17:34

    Each book in the True Horse Stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, and each animal is a “hero.” This is the sixth title in the non-fiction series and reads like a novel.When Hurricane Katrina passed over Heather Goodwin’s ranch, it took with it the fences, the chickens, and several horses. For weeks, Heather and her family sheltered in their horse trailer – and considered themselves lucky for the housing. As they re-built the property and their lives, they searched for their missing animals and recovered many of them.Heather especially worried about her favorite horse, PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner), a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. He hadn’t always been her favorite. In fact, when her husband brought the little Paint home, she wondered why he’d bothered. The horse was sassy, mischievous, headstrong, and bad-tempered. But in time, she came to love and appreciate Gunner and his unique personality.It was three months before they located the strayed animal. Found more than 100 miles from home, Gunner was in terrible shape. He was starving, dehydrated, and blind in one eye. He could barely stand. The veterinarian recommended that he be put down. But Heather drove over washed-out roads and swollen rivers to bring him home and nursed the horse back to health. In a remarkable recovery, Gunner was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Gunner's amazing true story is a testament to love and to determination. While the writing is a trifle pedantic and the vocabulary is a bit challenging, the subject matter is sufficiently compelling to snag and hold a middle school student’s interest. Gunner: Hurricane Horse fills a gap in many library collections: true stories that bring recent historical events to life and in focus. Readers will gain an appreciation of the devastation that was Katrina’s aftermath, the grit of an unquenchable family dealing with disaster, and learn about the Paint breed in the process.

  • Megan Johnson
    2019-02-24 15:38

    Having a horse as a friend is something every little girl asks for, but even though she wasn't a little girl anymore, Heather would have never wished for this horse. As he walked off the trailer with his mother, Profit, as he would be named, would come up to Heather and bite her on the bum. Heather wanted him gone, but her husband, E.W., knew that she would soon come to love him. Heather and new name PBJ Decks Smokin’ Gun (Gunner) would go on to compete in many high end shows for the All Around Paint Horse title. Then hurricane Katrina hit and Gunner was nowhere to be found. To know what happens, check out Gunner at your local library. I wanted to read this book because I love Judy Andrekson's writing and all of the different horses she's wrote about. This book is my favorite now because it is a great book for horse lovers and animals lovers that anyone could relate to. The book was better than I imagined it. I was guessing it was going to be very sad and depressing, but at the end of the book, you have to think everything happened for a reason; Hurricane Katrina hurt Heather's whole family, but they all learned to cherish what they have. Just remember, you probably thinking of a different reason than what happened in the book, so go read it! I hate reading, but this book kept me interested and I wish it was longer so it told me more of the story. Anyone who likes stories about animals, not just horses,would really like this book. I definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to read a shorter book because it is short, but it is packed full of stories and events. If you like to know everything that happens in a book and not left hanging, you might not like it because it never tells what the family did after, even in the epilogue. Once you get in the saddle and start riding, you won't want to get off. This book isn't one you can put down. Gunner by Judy Andrekson is a book that will stay in your mind and heart forever.

  • Marg
    2019-02-01 15:26

    Overall it is a good (and true) story. I love the horse - his personality and his tricks, however, probably drove his handlers/owners nuts sometimes! In terms of execution of the story, it could have been done better. I hadn't realized it was a children's book until I actually had the book (I ordered it online). So it was a bit more simplistic then I would have liked, but that part is ok. I had issues though with the timeline. Normally you go from A to B to C. In this book, I had to re-read several passages because we went from A to B back to A.5. For instance, we were reading about when he was a three year old, but wait, no, he's only 2 at this time. So for a children's book it was confusing.I liked the story of this horse, and that is the only reason it's getting the rating it's getting. Otherwise it would have been lower.

  • Steph
    2019-02-14 11:36

    As a horse lover, I fell in love with this book right from the beginning. The story of Gunner and his owner touched me immensely. I don't want to give away the entire plot behind the story, but suffice it to say Gunner went through more than one ordeal. After reading this, I want to go out and ride through the pastures on a beautiful little Paint horse. This book seems as though it is geared mostly toward children, though I can say that at the age of 25 I still very much enjoyed it.

  • Alicia
    2019-02-22 18:15

    I bought this thinking it was adult non fiction, only to have a Children's book arrive. Since I had it, I figured I would read it. Quick read, but could have been a bit more entertaining. Felt like I was reading a news article a lot of the time. Still, not a bad way to waste a few hours.

  • Ryane
    2019-02-12 13:30

    This book is about a family that survived Hurricane Katrina. I loved it and I cried happy and sad tears. If you love horses, read it! If you love animal stories, read it! If you love stories about courage and sacrifice and endurance, read it!

  • Joellen
    2019-01-31 12:34

    Great story for horse lovers. Was thinking of using this for our book competition for 4th and 5th graders but Gunner kills chickens by rolling on them! Also, the little boy dies in a trailer accident in the epilogue of this true story.

  • Tahnee Maguire
    2019-02-15 16:27

    Nice story but didn't like the writing style

  • Denise
    2019-01-29 12:33

    Nice story. So much was left out though it felt shallow.

  • Karen Vandenbosch
    2019-02-12 18:22

    Super short book, kids book but well worth reading for any horse lover. True story.

  • Colleen
    2019-02-14 12:18

    More like 3 1/2. Great story but a few parts were a bit too old for a MG book I think.