"Many times, the children were scared to ride me. I would sniff their hands to try and earn their trust. Most of them were giggling and smiling by the time our ride ended. The faces were always new and I loved making each one happy.
My one wish was that the children would stay longer. Still, after each ride, they would run right off, and I rarely saw a face more than once."
"This heartwarming story is based on the life of a real blind pony who swims across the Saluda River. Spirit is a pony who likes children, but is overworked. When he loses his eyesight, his owner no longer wants him and Spirit is abandoned. He breaks free from a paddock where he has no water, food, or shelter and soon finds himself in the river. Although he is stranded, he eventually ends up in the hands of a caring rescue facility that brings the neglected pony back to life. Spirit finally finds the love that he has craved for many years. This wonderful story was also illustrated by a very talented 13 year-old girl."
—Anouk Busch, Allentown, New Jersey, Horse Rescue United, Inc.
"Lately, I have read quite a few children's books about animals. If I were still a little girl, I am certain I would re-read this story or make my Mommy re-read it to me. The illustrations are so beautiful that I would draw them all the time. The story is based on a true story and a percentage of the proceeds benefit Palmetto Equine Awareness & Rescue League (P.E.A.R.L.), who saved the real Spirit."
—Gloria Picchetti, Chicago, Illinois
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