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Dinah the Dartmoor Pony
A & C Black, 1935

A& C Black, 1957, 184 pp (right)

Dinah was born wild on Dartmoor, but after she injured a foot, could not keep up with her
mother in a round up and was separated from her, being left to survive alone.  She wanders
near to a farm, and Dolly, the daughter of the farm, takes pity on Dinah and feeds her. The
two are eventually separated, but when Dollyis married with a daughter of her own, they are


Allen Seaby

Exmoor Lass and Other Pony Stories
A & C Black, 1928

Reprinted many times

Short stories about an Exmoor pony,
a herd of Shetlands being rounded up,
a ride in the New  Forest, a rescue
from a Dartmoor bog, a Welsh ride
and a girl living in ancient Cornwall.

Skewbald the New Forest Pony
A & C Black, 1923. Reprinted often:

1927, 1929, 1934, 1936, 1940 (twice),
1945, 1946, 1949, 1962, 1964
Far right - the 1964 reprint.

Skewbald is a New Forest pony, and this
is the story of him and his herd, and of the
life of the New  Forest.  It isn’t a story
with a happy ending, as an attempt to
rope Skewbald goes very badly wrong.

Bibliography: Pony Books Only

Sheltie, the Story of a Shetland Pony
A & C Black, London, 1939, 212 pp.

Many thanks to Cherie Goninon for the picture.

This is the story of a Shetland pony, from his first days on his native hillside above Baltasund, and then down
to southern England, in a circus, at a pony show, and finally as the trusted mount of a child.

British Ponies, Running Wild and Ridden
A & C Black, 1936

This is non fiction, but I’ve included it
because it is a very beautiful book,
profusely illustrated.  If you can find it,

It’s well worth getting.

Sons of Skewbald, or Castor and Pollux
A & C Black, 1937

Before he died, Skewbald fathered several foals.  One mare had twins, Castor
and Pollux.  Their lives reflect the changes coming upon the Forest:  the changes
in value of the ponies now they are no longer used for the mines; the increasing
danger of traffic.  Sally, their owner, sells them at the Pony Sale to E F Ranger,
a circus man, who wants her to keep them for him for a couple of years until he
is ready for them.

Mona, the Welsh Pony
A & C Black, London, 1948, illus the author, 144 pp.

“In this new book [Seaby[ turns to the mountain ponies of North Wales, and tells the enthralling story of Mona
against the background of his native landscape, its people and their history.”  Mona is born on the Welsh
hills, and Evan Evans decides he will catch her.  She soon fits into life on the farm, and her training begins.
Be warned - this does involve riding a yearling.  Evan Evans goes off to war, and Mona eventually goes
to be a sands pony.

Our Ponies
Penguin Books, 1959 (Picture Puffin)

Non fiction, this is a lovely survey of British native ponies.  It’s a source of much grief to
me that I can’t find my copy anywhere (and that wasn’t even the original, which I also
lost - this is a replacement my mother-in-law bought me...)

Short stories and excerpts

Excerpts from his books are contained in:

Twenty More Animal Stories

Blackie & Son, 1941

New Forest Ponies:  Their lives and habits

Ponies in a Window - a New Forest Story

Omrig and Nerla: A Tale of the Bronze Age

Harrap, London, 1934, 221 pp, illus the author

A story of horses and ponies in the Bronze Age.