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Water Wagtail - The Story of a Piebald Pony
Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1951, illus Wendy Westover


Jill has recently witnessed her mother being killed in a riding accident, and her father has gone
abroad. She is sent to live with her aunt and cousins, and finds herself in a family that revolves
around ponies, riding, and winning rosettes at gymkhanas. Jill is too frightened to learn to ride,
and spends much of the time on her own. After many months she gradually decides to try to
conquer her fears, and is encouraged by her cousins. She particularly loves one of the ponies,
a piebald called Water Wagtail, but he has a wild and unpredictable streak, and her aunt decrees
that he is too dangerous to ride. Jill, however, refuses to abandon him, and is determined to jump
him at the next show. Her father comes back in time to see her win the jumping, her cousins give
her Water Wagtail as her own, and she happily looks forward to a life with her pony and her dreams.

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