The Valley of Horses - Study Guide Chapters 5-6 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 5, Ayla is spending a leisurely morning making plans for her preparations for winter. Ayla lists in her head all the things she needs to stock up on, causing her to think of her need to kill a large animal. One large animal would supply Ayla with a large fur, plenty of meat to last the winter, and enough fat to store for cooking and oil for lamps. However, Ayla is unsure how to go about killing a large animal because women were not allowed to participate in hunts in her Clan. First, Ayla sets about making spears. Ayla has never made one before, but she has often seen the men make spears in her Clan. The following morning, as Ayla returns to her tasks, she discovers that her menses has begun. This causes Ayla to think about time and to begin marking the...

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