Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal

Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal

by Marta Moran Bishop

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Overview

Winnie Award Winner at the Equus Film Festival. Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal is the story of one little foals fight for survival after being taken from his mother within hours of his birth. Dinky, takes us on a poignant trip through the heart and mind of an animal, who was born for the sole purpose of producing milk in the mare. In the elite world of horses, Dinky was considered a by-product, a 'junk foal.'

Dinky's story will resonate with animal lovers, as well as anyone who has adopted. Although a horse, his story has been called an adoption story. The reader can follow him through the heartbreak, cruelty, loneliness, and finally to happiness in his forever home. His story is based on true events. Each event from the moment the author met Dinky actually happened, though it is the author's interpretation of what he might have been thinking and feeling during the occasions described in his story. His early life which is unknown has been fictionalized by the author and constructed through research and imagination.

There are many wonderful animal rescue leagues, many are very empathic to these young animals, though some are not. Since Ms. Bishop has no knowledge of Dinky's early days she used the latter to enhance the strength of his story.

It will break your heart, open your eyes, lift you up, and teach you much about horses. It is suitable for all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984005109
Publisher: Crowe Press
Publication date: 01/13/2013
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 820,824
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable book written from the horses viewpoint. From the start you know even though things go terribly wrong for Dinky ultimately he finds the family he always wanted. And he is so loved! I think this book is fine for reading to children and would be enjoyed by everyone. It is great to know there are people who have the love and patience to give these animals the homes they deserve.
LisetteBrodey More than 1 year ago
Marta Moran Bishop has crafted a very special story in the telling of Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal. Though it was the author’s intent to raise consciousness about the inhumane practice of breeding horses so that the mare is able to nourish a high-dollar mare’s foal, she does so much more. In the telling of this story from Dinky’s point of view, the reader is immediately connected with this brand new life from the day he is born. He has only a few days with his mother, who teaches him as much as she can, and then is taken away to a world he doesn’t understand. The story is so touching and heartbreaking. We want to comfort his fears when he wonders what will become of him. We rejoice when Marta and Ken adopt the lovable Dinky. Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal successfully sheds light on man’s inhumanity to horses, but this book goes way beyond that. For the most part, it is a delightful coming-of-age story of a horse. Through her very realistic interpretation, Moran Bishop brings Dinky into our hearts. While I am an animal lover, I have never known much about horses, but this book had me completely charmed. I learned so much. It is beautifully and compassionately written and serves to teach people of all ages to understand and love horses.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal (Marta Moran Bishop) This is the story of a young nurse mare's foal. A beautiful introduction on what a Nurse mare is and what happens to her foal. It is sad to hear how these foals are treated yet Dinky's story is beautifully told. Through the eyes of Dinky we hear the tale of how he came to live with his new human family, and his horse family (herd).We hear of where he came from and what it took for him to fit in. I learned a lot about horses, and feel this is a great read for horse lovers and those who would love to learn about horses. I recommend to Y/A, Adults, children of all ages. An emotional and fun read that will leave a lasting memory. Dinky: The Nurse Mare's Foal is certainly a book I will read many times, and share the story with my grandchildren.
Sherrill_Cannon More than 1 year ago
Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal is a book to delight horse lovers of all ages.  The horrors of the cruel treatment suffered by many brood mares who give birth only to have their new foal taken from them so that they can nurse another more important foal, is offset by the compassionate treatment of the subject and the wonderful story-telling ability of the author. Told from the point of view of a very young foal, Dinky sets the stage with comments like, “I stood there looking at her with my cutest little boy expression,…”; and humorous ones like, “I realized I’d gotten my wish to stay out in the sun longer.  I truly needed to be more specific, I thought…”; to horse communication statements such as “Humans seem pretty stupid, Dinky.  We can learn their language, but I have yet to meet one that understands horse.”  Fortunately, Dinky discovered that there are a few who can understand horse when he was adopted by author Marta and her husband Ken, and he meets his new brother and sister, fellow horses Chrome and Connella.  Connella tells him,  “Marta and Ken will take care of us and feed us. They teach us how to be part of their world, and we show them how to be horses.”  The loving relationship between Marta and her horses is evident throughout the story.  Dinky tells us, “I knew she was my human, so I wrapped my head around her, the way we horses hug a human.” Having spent my own adolescent years as a horse fanatic, I can really relate to that horse hug!!!  This book would have been one of my favorites then, and it is definitely one of my favorites now…Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal is a book to delight horse lovers of all ages.  The horrors of the cruel treatment suffered by many brood mares who give birth only to have their new foal taken from them so that they can nurse another more important foal, is offset by the compassionate treatment of the subject and the wonderful story-telling ability of the author. Told from the point of view of a very young foal, Dinky sets the stage with comments like, “I stood there looking at her with my cutest little boy expression,…”; and humorous ones like, “I realized I’d gotten my wish to stay out in the sun longer.  I truly needed to be more specific, I thought…”; to horse communication statements such as “Humans seem pretty stupid, Dinky.  We can learn their language, but I have yet to meet one that understands horse.”  Fortunately, Dinky discovered that there are a few who can understand horse when he was adopted by author Marta and her husband Ken, and he meets his new brother and sister, fellow horses Chrome and Connella.  Connella tells him,  “Marta and Ken will take care of us and feed us. They teach us how to be part of their world, and we show them how to be horses.”  The loving relationship between Marta and her horses is evident throughout the story.  Dinky tells us, “I knew she was my human, so I wrapped my head around her, the way we horses hug a human.” Having spent my own adolescent years as a horse fanatic, I can really relate to that horse hug!!!  This book would have been one of my favorites then, and it is definitely one of my favorites now…