No Fences: It Started With a Plastic Pony
A Memoir from Nita Horn with Donna Howell and Allie Anderson
Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, Nita Horn’s exquisitely and inspiring memoir of a poor little girl’s dreams of horses and where that love could lead is a triumph of loss and survival, sacrifice, devotion, acceptance, forgiveness and finally success.
As a child, Nita escaped the demands of the day by sitting on her “flying carpet,” with a small bag of cheap plastic animal toys and her sister, Althia, while they imagined themselves visiting exotic farms and locales to rescue and heal. But when tragedy struck Nita at the age of thirteen and her sister and father were taken from her in a car accident, she wondered if there was anything left to believe in. Personally decimated, her already fractured life came apart at the seams.
Nita’s mother—who also nearly died in the accident—floundered with depression and loss. Nita dejectedly followed wherever each day would lead, struggling with identity, confidence, and self image . . . until she met a “charmingly flawed” young man. He was a self confident, cocky loner. Yet he believed in her and her dreams. Together they would spend their next few decades overcoming obstacles and testing commitments, finding true love, faith, ministry, and the miracle of healing—for her as well as others.
From devastation to tenderness, from humor to warmth, from surviving poverty to discovering an invisible God who has a plan for all our lives, No Fences is an intimate and revealing narrative of losing dreams, getting them back, and the faith journey in between.