Feldman, Nancy

About the author

American author Nancy Feldman has ridden all her life; is a registered dressage judge and the district commissioner of two Pony Clubs. Before she retired, she worked as a social worker. As a child, she was an avid reader, but she never hankered after writing a novel herself. Once her children had grown up and moved away, she started to think of writing a story, composing much of it while riding or working with her horses. It was not until after she completed Collective Marks that she took a creative writing course. She said:

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 it as a test, to see if I could write a novel I would like to have read that gave 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.”

She lives in Maryland with her husband and their animals.

Finding the book
The book appears to be still in print both in the UK and USA.

Links and sources
Nancy Feldman’s website – no longer extant

Bibliography (horse books only)

Collective Marks

IUniverse Inc, 2006, pb, 262 pp.

Annie Trowbridge is a social worker, who is trying to help 18 year old Michael Ross – not with total success. Michael is fascinated with horses, and she makes a last effort to help him by finding him work on a horse farm. The trainer is unsympathetic, and Michael is volatile and defensive. The book is set in the early 1960s, a time when dressage, the book’s main discipline, was not yet widely taken up in America.