Book 4: Tender Mercies

When Rosie, Carrie, and Grandma are asked to help out at Last Chance Corral, a nursemare foal rescue, Rosie is shocked when she experiences firsthand how cruel some people can be to animals. During the week at Last Chance, the girls learn that the God who knows when a sparrow falls to the ground works through the kindness of others to provide for the animals He created. For the foals, and the girls, Last Chance Corral is a life-changing experience.

Although this book is fictional, it highlights the work of Victoria Goss of The Last Chance Corral. Since 1986 Victoria has been instrumental in rescuing thousands of nursemare foals, victims of the Thoroughbred racing industry.


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for activities to supplement the Sonrise Stable series!

Equine Art Lesson

Foals with their long legs and small bodies differ from the form of adult horses. In this lesson, learn how to draw a foal.

draw a foal

Scriptural Theme

God calls us to care for His creation. This book addresses specifically how we care for God's amazing creation, the horse. Proverbs 12:10

tender mercies

Related Horse Videos

Tender Mercies Overview

This contains photos and video from our visit to The Last Chance Corral. You can get a good idea of her setup in terms of the cabin, barns, and corrals.

Horse Gaits in Slow Motion

This shows some beautiful horses in various gaits. The standard gaits are walk, trot, canter, gallop. Anything else you see in the video would be something a "gaited" horse would perform. The gaits vary among the gaited breeds.

Last Chance Corral Foal Rescue

This is a video created by Stacy Westfall. There are more foals shown in this video than when I was at Last Chance. 

Picking the Nurse Mare Foals

This video shows the selection of two foals for adoption from the Last Chance Corral, loading them into a horse trailer, and taking them to their new home.

Bucket Feeding Nurse Mare Foals

Nurse mare foals quickly learn to drink milk from a bucket. This video shows the bucket being cleaned, the milk mixed and the foals drinking.

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