THE NURSE MARE'S TALE BY MARTA MORAN BISHOP - THE AUTHOR OF THE AWARD-WINNING DINKY: THE NURSE MARE'S FOAL
The Nurse Mare's Tale is in a way the prequel to Dinky:The Nurse Mare's Foal, as it tells the story of Dinky's mother. This lovely story is told from the viewpoint of two aging nurse mares about to give birth, and the trials they go through. It tells us of Sadie and her friend Nellie and is accompanied with charming dialogue (both speaking and thinking). The plight of these animals is described in empathetic detail.
After enduring years of breeding and loss, the older nurse mares must face the auction with the promise of being slaughtered, as they have become too old for breeding and thus unable to be rented out as nurse mares to feed the foals of the high-dollar mares.
Do they accept their fate, or will there be another ending for the nurse mares that have given everything and received little in return?
The ending may surprise you. It is a poignant story that will rip your heart out and put you back together again.
Nurse-Mares-Tale by Marta Moran Bishop
This story about the past and present treatment of horses will appeal to all animal lovers and especially to horse aficionados. The tale is told from the point of view of an aging mare, whose main function appears to be breeding foals so that she can milk the foal of a high dollar mare.
From the viewpoint of two horses, Sadie and her friend Nellie, with accompanying charming dialogue (both speaking and thinking), the plight of these animals is described in empathetic detail. This lovely story portrays two aging mares about to give birth, and the trials they go through to give birth and protect their newborn babies. The reader is drawn into the story, culminating in the wonderful escape coup the mares plan, and are able to carry out, to gain their freedom and find a new life.
The symbolism of the conclusion, where Sadie is renamed Angel and given responsibility for becoming a nurse mare for her new owner's motherless foal, brings the circle around as the new owner proclaims, "We all need jobs. It makes us feel important."
Those of you who have previously read and enjoyed the author's Dinky, The Nurse Mare's Foal, will love and appreciate this prequel. Sherrill S. Cannon - Author and Poet
THE NURSE MARE'S TALE Is the story of Dinky's mother Sadie, to her friends. During the time before his birth, she recalls the loss of her first baby taken from her by vicious wolves. At the barn, humans refer to her as Ghost for she is all white and very quiet. After Sadie gives birth to Dinky, she must endure another loss, when he is ripped away from her, so she can nurse a more prominent foal destined for greatness. After enduring years of breeding and loss, the older nurse mares must face the auction with the promise of being slaughtered, as they have become too old for breeding and nursing.
Do they accept their fate, or will there be another ending for the nurse mares that have given everything, and received little in return?
The ending may surprise you. It is a poignant story that will make you cry and rejoice. Karen Vaughan - Author The Laura and Gerry Mystery Series
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