A real-life foal, the author brought Dinky vividly to life for me, from page one. Ms. Bishop's interpretations of Dinky's thoughts during the initial months of his life were so heart-wrenching to read yet, from the beginning, I found myself captivated by Dinky's spirit. Despite the incessant cruelty done to Dinky by humans - he was always famished, underfed, ignored and frightened - there is resilience in his nature that commanded my respect.
After reading the synopsis, I expected to be angry, to cry when Dinky, a `junk foal,' told his story of being taken from his mother, a mare caught up in man's cruel practice of breeding her only for milk to nourish a high-dollar mare's foal. It was almost unbearable, reading of the cruelty done to Dinky during his first few months of life - the overwhelming fear for his fate: being sold to a meat market or to tanners, or being adopted. In the words of Dinky: "I wasn't prepared to believe in the possibility of good things."
The story shifted, becoming delightful and enlivening when the author and her husband adopted Dinky from a fair. At that point, my tears came then from reading Dinky's accounts of his life in fresh air, with ample food, water and companionship. He tells us about learning to trust, to love and becoming part of a herd; and the silly ways in which he let the impishness in his spirit free.
Since my read, I have wondered if Marta Moran Bishop is a `horse whisperer'; I do not know. However, I do believe that she is a woman who speaks horse. Dinky told me so.