Ponies, ponies, ponies
James Aldridge (Harold Edward James Aldridge, 1918 -
Probably his best known book is Ride a Wild Pony, which was originally published as A Sporting Proposition. It was made into a film in 1975 with the title Ride a Wild Pony, and Penguin published it under this title in paperback.
Finding the books: all are easy to find.
Sources and links
Contemporary Children’s Authors, ed. Chevalier, 1989 3rd edn.
The film Ride a Wild Pony
A Sporting Proposition / Ride a Wild Pony
Michael Joseph, London, 1973, 224 pp.
Little Brown, Boston, 1973
Puffin, Australia, 1975, pb, 173 pp.
Republished as Ride a Wild Pony
Penguin, Harmondsworth, pb, 1976, 173 pp.
A pony disappears, and when he turns up
again, two people claim him. The case goes
to court, and in the end the pony is allowed
to choose his owner.
The Broken Saddle
Julia MacRae, London, 1982, 114 pp.
Puffin, pb, 1984
Eric has a lonely life in his small town, and he tries to liven things up by breaking
in the pony his father left him before he went away.
The Marvellous Mongolian
Little Brown & Company, Boston, 1974
Children’s Book Club, London, 1976, 136 pp (left)
Pan Books, 1976
To Baryut, Tachi is a marvellous stallion, roaming Mongolia. Kitty’s
favourite is Peep, her Shetland. Tachi is imported to the Welsh
nature reserve on which Kitty lives, and Peep is to be his
companion. Kitty is terribly worried in case Peep is hurt, and
Baryut worries that Tachi cannot be contained in the Welsh hills.