Royal Crusader Latimer House, 1948, illus Michael Lyne
Royal Crusader is an equine autobiography. Crusader does the usual equine autobiography voyage of travelling from good to bad owners before a happy ending. He starts life loved and well treated, but then after the person he is loaned to during the war dies, he is sold, as no one knows the horse is loaned not owned. He goes through several owners; mostly ignorant rather than vicious, but the end result is the same as if they were. Eventually he is re-united with his first owner.
The Earth Sings Latimer House, 1950
A book I should have made notes on before I sold it. From what I can remember, it is about an Arab.
The Perfect Pest Jonathan Cape, London, 1951, illus Charlotte Hough
The Perfect Pest is, from what I remember (I should have made notes when I read it and before I sold it) the youngest child of a horsey family, who goes her own way with a vengeance, including venturing into buying a pony at a local sale.
The Silk Purse Cassell 1953, illus Anne Bullen
As a short story (The Sow’s Ear) in Ponies of Britain Magazine
Extract in The Horse Lover’s Leisure Book, Purnell, 1968
Poor Gillian. She loves her unlovely pony Tommy, but Gillian’s Mama has Ambitions in the Show Ring, and so Gillian must give him up and have a show pony so she can beat her rival, Phoebe Cheetham. The sow’s ear that is Tommy does eventually turn into a silk purse once Gillian’s Mama realises that the show ring is not everything.
Victoria Glencairn (A Novel) Heinemann, 1935
This, I think, is an adult novel
Minority’s Colt Cassell, 1952
Tinks Martin returned from the war to find two claims on his affections: Dinah (a girl) and Minority’s Colt (a horse). His rival in both cases is John Rutherford, owner of the racing stables where Minority’s Colt is trained.