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This is the true story of Alex who originally bred to be a championship American Saddlebred show horse is judged a failure at the young age of two and is subsequently banished by his trainer to the land of the cowboys at a rural Arizona desert barn. As an unwanted rescue within a few short months he contracts the most debilitating form of West Nile in which he suffers from ...more
Paperback, First, 224 pages
Published August 2nd 2013 by Inkwell Productions (first published February 1st 2013)
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Clare O'Beara
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alex was a young Saddlebred who had been vaccinated, but still caught the West Nile disease from a mosquito bite. This is fatal in 94% of cases so there was almost no information on recovery from this encephalitis disease. Katie stabled her horses at the same livery barn in Arizona and ended up buying Alex to retrain him. This will mainly be of interest to horse owners and trainers, which is why I am not giving it a further star; but it can be amusing and very sad in turns and is inspiring to an ...more
Randy Daugherty
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
First I want to thank and acknowledge that this was a Goodreads give away.

Alex is a Saddlebred horse. He is also the only documented case of a survivor of brain encephalitis.
Starting out as a show horse that didn't make the cut he ended up out west in a barn looking like he should be put down. There was something about Alex that drew Katie to him and him to her,but when Katie's daughter Cassie comes Alex really perks up and comes alive.
Kate decides to try and work him for a few weeks and the hoo
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Lis Carey
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horses, non-fiction
Alex, an American Saddlebred horse with an impeccable pedigree, contracts the most damaging form of West Nile virus, and suffers brain damage. He's at risk of going to auction (a near-certain death sentence) when Katie Klosterman, a middle-aged, middle class horse owner, takes him on.

Over the next eighteen months, Katie and Alex both struggle, with triumphs, defeats, and challenges, to get Alex back to wholeness--confident, happy, and safe to ride. Since this story is quite real, their path is n
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Nancy
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Saving a Neurologically Damaged Horse

Training any horse takes patience, skill and love. Training a neurologically damaged horse draws on even great reserves of patience, caring, and ingenuity. When Katie saw Alex he had just survived West Nile Virus, a disease that affects the brain. Most horses end up being put down because they are so impaired after being infected with the disease, but Alex is a survivor.

Alex is a Saddlebred with good breeding. He was destined for the show-ring, but didn't ma
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Katarina
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
a great read about what it takes to rehabilitate a horse that was written off by everyone.

Katie has the patience of a saint. I loved reading about her methods and was happy to get a detailed account of the ups and downs. Lots of books tend to gloss over lots of parts, so I was very glad that Katie went to the detail she did.

It's very impressive how much work she put in to save Alex and turn him into a rideable horse.
Katie did not have an easy time with Alex, and also had to go through her own h
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Rene Singley
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
While an interesting story, especially for a fellow horse owner, the author could have used a better editor. Some areas of the book were repetitive and poorly structured. I would like to have seen an epilogue with an update on Alex.
Kathleen Klosterman
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Great unusual story part bio, part rescue tale. Both Alex and the author conquer challenges in their relationship together. Recommend for animal lovers and those that like biography.
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Kathleen (Katie) Murray Klosterman has been involved with words all her life. Born a twin, she was likely communicating well before birth. A career in business and marketing taught her the power of prose in allowing her to focus in on a singular idea. As a member of a large family, Katie grew up around a cast of characters and became intrigued with learning about what makes us all do the wacky thi ...more

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