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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Girls Can Be Cowboys Too by Rose Miller is a collection of real and honest stories from women who open up about their experiences dealing with country life. A few share their experiences as cowboys, but all are connected through their work with animals, ranch life struggles, and their desire to help people and animals. Several open up about their trails training mules, experiences with endurance races, and even how they use animals as therapy to help people. Women featured include Bonnie Ebsen Jackson and the T.H.E. Ranch which uses equines as part of a therapy program, Shelly Godfrey and her work with therapy dogs, and Vaughn Colleen Smith and her experiences with cattle. Just a few of the many amazing women who share their stories with photos also included throughout.
Rose Miller connects these personal stories of several women through insights into ranch life and dealing with animals. Each story is inspiring with heart and an emotional look at their lives, aimed at female cowboys, those wanting to learn about country life, and animal lovers. Girls Can Be Cowboys Too is inspiring with strong women role models. Several of the stories stand out with each leaving an impression. Miller has a way of delving straight to the heart of each of their experiences, and through her own opinion, she draws out the inspiration they bring. None of the stories strays from being honest about dealing with situations such as vaccinations for horses, Parvo in dogs, and even various dangers like snakes. One of the most compelling parts that stood out is the connection between animals and therapy. A few of the women share how horses and, in some cases mentioned, dogs, are used to help others such as veterans with PTSD, a little boy processing his mother's death, and an autistic girl who liked putting on shows with the horses. These moments are powerful because they show the way animals can help people process the various struggles they're facing.
Anyone from the country or living on a ranch or who just loves animals will feel a deep connection to each of these stories. Incorporated throughout are photos which add to the personal tone of the book by having her own connection to them. This also allows for a connection to form with Miller and to get to know her. The stories shared are eye opening with honest experiences about life in the country and with animals, and independent women to look up to. Girls Can Be Cowboys Too is full of inspiring stories from women whose experiences are honest and grounded, showing another side to the idea of cowboys.