Collective Marks

Collective Marks

by Nancy N. Feldman
     
 

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Over the years, social worker Annie Trowbridge has worked with foster homes, schools, and other community resources to help Michael Ross, just turned eighteen, become a productive citizen, but with only partial success.

Michael has only one consistent attribute-a fascination with horses. Annie sees in this interest a possible solution to his poor work history

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Over the years, social worker Annie Trowbridge has worked with foster homes, schools, and other community resources to help Michael Ross, just turned eighteen, become a productive citizen, but with only partial success.

Michael has only one consistent attribute-a fascination with horses. Annie sees in this interest a possible solution to his poor work history and repeated brushes with the law, and when she is called by the police to say that he is in trouble again, she makes one last effort to find him work with a horse trainer, Erik Sarmento, on an isolated horse farm.

The ensuing struggle between the volatile, defensive Michael and the hard, unsympathetic trainer is the background of the novel and the means by which Michael learns that he is dealing with both a gifted trainer and a potentially dangerous man.

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A delinquent 18-year-old with a passion for horses learns valuable lessons from an unsympathetic horse trainer. Although the story deals with a rare form of competitive horse training-dressage-the author's vivid descriptions successfully integrate the concept into the narrative. In horse training terms, "collective marks" are the judges' scores for a dressage horse and its rider. Feldman extends the metaphor throughout the story, suggesting that collective marks only accrue when an effective balance of power is struck between the student and teacher. A carefully plotted coming-of-age story about the bounds of authority.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595375479
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/03/2006
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Nancy Feldman has actively ridden and trained horses for more than 50 years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Literature and Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Psychiatric Social Work.

Ms Feldman has been a licensed Psychiatric Social Worker in a rural Mental Health Clinic, a Registered Dressage Judge, and the District Commissioner of two member clubs of the United States Pony Clubs, of which she is a life member.

The Feldmans have three grown children. They are now semi-retired, and live in Maryland, where they share their home with a dog and several horses.

"It was only after my children had grown and moved away that I began to think of writing this story. Much of it was conceived and written in my mind during the hours I spent on horseback and in the barn. I began to ruminate on human and animal behavior and the ways in which they communicated with their own kind and with each other.

"I decided to write this novel, as a way to share with others a true picture of both the hard work and the joys and sorrows of living with and around horses. I used only my own experience and my imagination as a guide, and until it was finished, not even my husband knew I was writing it."

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