On To Bigger and Brighter Things: Like A New Book About Morgan Horses

It’s pretty hard to be sad when you have horses who like to play on the beach.

Kerry 7th Gen has made his debut on Drummond Island and he is finding out exactly why his older pasture mates have become migratory beasts.

Over two decades of summers on Drummond has led to some pretty spectacular experiences for horses: and a new book!


Working title: Twelve Days On An Island: A Family Of Horses

The story is about a five-year-old Morgan and his first summer in the great tradition of his relatives. He inherits the experience, much as I have, from my ancestors before me.

When Jr., as we call him, arrives on the island, I suddenly realize that he has one behavioral idiosyncrasy that is going to make life very difficult for both of us:

He refuses to stand tied.

A horse that won’t be tied up is a big problem.

When his halter is attached to anything, he dances around. He digs holes with his feet. Worst of all, he has developed a habit of leaning back into the halter and breaking free.


Jr. cherishes his freedom, but the real problem is that for some reason, the experience of being tied up just terrifies him.

His story is intertwined with that of my sister, Amanda, and how the struggle continues to liberate her from the shackles of an emotionally abusive situation. Amanda is my co-author to our award-winning book, The North Side Of Down. Unfortunately it has turned into only the first part in the story of her quest for social freedom, and a human rights battle that is not uncommon for people with disabilities.

Twelve Days includes the usual cast of characters, with Clifford the Library Horse, and Trudy, and a bevy of dogs.


I’m in the process of polishing the manuscript, which is in journal form, much as the original story, Clifford of Drummond Island, began.

I am scouting around for publishers, but if it doesn’t work out, I will self publish and hope to have the story available by the Christmas season.

BTW, in my search online for expert advice on solving the tying issue, I didn’t find any method similar to how I fixed the problem. It just goes to show there is more than one way to skin a cat…. Or secure a horse.


About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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18 Responses to On To Bigger and Brighter Things: Like A New Book About Morgan Horses

  1. Gina Hyatt says:

    Looking forward to reading about JR’s new adventures!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Melanie Pewe says:

    Nancy, I love reading your blog’s and stories. Go cliffy!


  3. Larry Cox says:

    Love reading your interesting blog, everything is fascinating about Clifford’s escapades as learning about Drummond Island. Enjoy your books you have written and sent some to friends.


  4. Karen Kuhfeldt says:

    I can not wait for this book to come out I love all her book’s and will add this one my collection great person and author!


  5. Joan Winters says:

    I am very excited about the prospect of a new Nancy Bailey book!!! I have most of them- loaned out a couple which are still in someone else’s library snd I neeg to replace them ad well ad reserving a copy or two of the new nook. Write on Nancy!!


  6. Joni Solis says:

    A new horse and a new book – wonderful! Hope you find a wonderful publisher.


  7. Anne Millett says:

    I would so love to meet Clifford and his owner.
    This horse truly is special, they both are.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Lynn Brown says:

    As usual, I love reading not only about your animal adventures (I’m still waiting for that movie about Clifford of Drummond Island) but also the love and compassion you have for the critters, nature, your special place, as well as the stories where you share the love of your family and friends (the human types). I can’t wait for the new book – I’d be shocked if the publishers weren’t beating down the doors to have the privilege of publishing another winner!

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  9. Melissa Chelf says:

    Can’t wait to read this book! Nancy always knows what her animals are telling her, her stories always have me laughing , crying and thinking! Will be fun to see the island through Jr’s eyes! Don’t ever stop writing Nancy!!! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Wendy Kowalewsky says:

    Yes! I am very happy to hear there will be a new book soon! Can’t wait!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Barb Canonico says:

    Can’t wait to read it…

    Liked by 1 person

  12. lee rockwell says:

    Can’t wait for a new Drummond Island book! Have all the others! Also love reading about Amanda too.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Dede in PA says:

    The relationship between you, your animals, and this very special place is fascinating, and you convey the magic so well through your words and photos. I’d like to visit Drummond Island sometime!

    Liked by 1 person

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