Ponies, ponies, ponies
Helen Orr Watson
Helen Orr Watson was married to a military man, Colonel James Tolmie-
Finding the books: none of her horse titles were published in the UK. None of the titles are hard to find in the US, and none are particularly expensive.
Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Many thanks to Lisa Catz, Susan Bourgeau and Alison for all their help with this section.
Top Kick, U. S. Army Horse
Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1942, 217 pp, illus Bernard Garbutt
“Top Kick was born at an Army Remount Depot, where he got his name from
jumping over the pasture fence when just a couple of weeks old. He was
trained as a cavalry horse, and went to the Philippines for peace-
manoeuvres. Then bombs fell on Pearl Harbour, and Top Kick began active
Shavetail Sam, U.S. Army Mule
Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1944, 163 pp, illus Bernard Garbutt
Sam is trained by Elmer, and is sold to the US Army for a pack and riding mule. He goes overseas
into battle, where he is blinded by a bomb. Eventually he is reunited with Elmer.
Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1946, 198 pp, illus Manning de V Lee
Zan finds a dying colt after its mother has been killed by a mountain lion. Zan carts the foal home
in a wheelbarrow, and brings it up. The horse escapes and runs with wild horses, though he and
Zan are eventually reunited. They learn to do tricks, and are offered a job in a circus. There Zan
works on training Star to be a high school horse.
Black Horse of Culver
Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1950, 186 pp, illus Bernard Garbutt
Bruce, a rebel, is sent to Culver Military Academy. He does not get on with his fellow students,
but he does learn to ride, and forms a bond with the black horse Storm Cloud.
Fools Over Horses
Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1952, 237 pp, illus Wesley Dennis
An adult book.
Sally Catlin can’t pay the mortgage on her horse farm, Foxhollow, but when Tom is sent there
to sell it, he becomes interested in helping the farm pay its way, as well as in getting to know