Other Pony Books:
(CROWELL [USA] 1938)
ILLUSTRATED BY LEE TOWNSEND
(1st UK edition HUTCHINSON 1945)
SUMMARY: The author's favourite book! Hugh rehabilitates an escaped rodeo horse who has been turned into a man-hater by cruel riders.
(GROSSET & DUNLAP [USA] 1942)
ILLUSTRATED BY NILS HOGNER
(1st UK edition HUTCHINSON 1944)
Reprinted in paperback by Comet and Tab
It was also reprinted by Grosset as part of the Famous Horse Stories series.
British edition published by Hutchinson in 1944.
Made into a film in 1965.
SUMMARY: Indian boy Little Falcon loves his paint pony Shadow, whom he has trained himself from the wild. But after an encounter with a mountain lion, Shadow runs off to join the wild herd once more. Can Little Falcon find his beloved horse once more?
(CROWELL [USA] 1953)
ILLUSTRATED BY ROBERT FRANKENBURG
(1st UK edition HUTCHINSON 1955)
British edition published by Hutchinson in 1955.
SUMMARY: In the days before horses became synonymous with cowboys and indians, two Native American Indians set out to search for that mythical beast - the horse - which has been brought to their lands by the Spanish.
LITTLE HAWK AND THE FREE HORSE
(CROWELL [USA] 1957)
ILLUSTRATED BY EZRA JACK KEATS
SUMMARY: Little Hawk sets out to capture some horses so he can use them to help rescue his captive father.
THE BRAVE RIDERS
(CROWELL [USA] 1959)
ILLUSTRATED BY EZRA JACK KEATS
SUMMARY: Little Elk is reluctant to join the dangerous rite-of-passage ride with the other young men of the Pawnee tribe.
(DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1963)
SUMMARY: Set around the time of the second world war. Jan, a young Latvian refugee from a concentration camp, and his family have taken refuge on a ranch in Idaho, helping the rancher by doing farm work. When Jan accidentally breaks the law, memories of being incarcerated in the war terrify him and he runs away from justice to hide in the hills. But instead of escaping he becomes friendly with a herd of wild horses, feeling an affinity for their hunted status, and decidies to stay and protect the foals from a wild cougar that is killing them.
PONYMAD VIEW: This was firmly aimed at the boy's market and its focus on guns and killing will not endear it to some readers. Unfortunately the boy's hunt for the cougar takes up much of the story which could have been used to include more horse content. It also seems a bit hypocritical that the boy is so angry with the cougar for killing the foals when he is doing the same thing in killing rabbits and other wildlife to feed himself. On the plus side, the book is well-written and the emotions of the central character, especially his fear of being hunted, and the envy he feels at the carefree easy life of his American contemporary Eddiie, are well portrayed. We soon realise that his anger at the cougar's hunting of the horses is a transference of the anger he feels about his family being hunted, first by invading soldiers and now by the game wardens. He can't get rid of his own pursuers but he can try and kill the cougar. You empathise with Jan and what he has been through and do want to keep reading to find out what happens to him. You also feel that his experiences have given him an insight into what the life of the wild horses - constantly hunted - is really like.
In summary certainly not a traditional pony story, it is deeply entrenched in the hard-hitting world of the ranch life with no room for squeamishness and will not be to everyone's taste, but nevertheless a thoughtful portrayal of a boy trying to cope with his traumas and finding an unexpected affinity with the wild horses he encounters.
PONYMAD RATING 2-3 HORSESHOES.
(CROWELL [USA] 1966)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSEPH CELLINI
SUMMARY: Brad's cousin comes to stay and causes trouble when she wants to ride a difficult horse.
THE FLAXY MARE
aka THE WILD MARE
(CROWELL [USA] 1967)
ILLUSTRATED BY LORENCE BJORKLUND
Reprinted by Avon Books in 2004 as THE WILD MARE
SUMMARY: Flax the wild mare is separated from her herd, but helped by the kind young cowboy Jim Thorne. But after he leaves she spends her time trying to avoid capture. Will she ever know peace again?
(CROWELL [USA] 1976)
ILLUSTRATED BY RUTH SANDERSON
SUMMARY: The story of a wild horse hunted by humans who are increasingly resourceful in their efforts to trap their prey.
Some of these - Tiger Roan, Indian Paint and Indian Saddle-up - were published as UK editions and these are the easiest to find here. All of them are generally fairly easy to find in the USA.