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Allen Seaby

Dinah the Dartmoor Pony
A & C Black, London, 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 Dolly is married with a daughter of her own, they are reunited.

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

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, London, 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, 144 pp, illus the author

“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.