Horse & Pony Books:
A SPORTING PROPOSITION
aka RIDE A WILD PONY
(MICHAEL JOSEPH 1973)
Later republished as RIDE A WILD PONY
Reprinted in paperback by Puffin a number of times.
Adapted as a film by Walt Disney with screenplay by Rosemary Anne Sisson (who also wrote the screenplay for another Disney film about ponies, Escape From the Dark).
SUMMARY: Set in the 1930s depression years. A poor boy's only possession is the wild pony that he has tamed. But then his beloved pony goes missing and is found by rich girl Josie, daughter of the most powerful man in town. And she wants the pony for her own…
THE MARVELLOUS MONGOLIAN
Reprinted by The Childrens Book Club and by Macmillan in hardback. Reprinted in paperback by Piccolo in 1976 and as a later paperback in 2003. Still in print.
SUMMARY: Unusual pony story about a wild Mongolian horse (or Przwalski's Horse) which is brought to the UK to breed with a Shetland pony mare. But the stallion longs to be free and escapes, taking with him his mare. The story is told through the correspondence of two children thousands of miles apart, a Mongolian boy who first spotted the stallion in the wild and the girl who owns Peep the mare the stallion steals. As the two ponies become closer, so do the children, united by their love of horses.
PONYMAD BOOKLOVERS RATING: 3 HORSESHOES
THE BROKEN SADDLE
Reprinted in paperback by Puffin
SUMMARY: Story of a boy and his horse set in Australia at the time of the Great Depression.
These are all reasonably easy books to find and due to his popularity as an author worldwide have been reprinted many times. The first editions are a little harder to get hold of.