Ponies, ponies, ponies
Robert E Gard
Robert E Gard (1910 -
Amongst his many works were several horse books for children. From this it would appear he had a keen interest in the horse and the culture of the West.
Finding the books: Midnight, Devil Red and Run to Kansas are easy to find; A Horse Named Joe and Scotty’s Mare tend to be expensive. None of these titles were published in the UK.
Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
National Library of Congress
Midnight, Rodeo Champion
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1951, 159 pp, illus C W Anderson
Sandy feels guilty because he’s turned his ranch horse Midnight into a rodeo bucker, but the horse
does very well and becomes famous, and Sandy feels he can’t quit rodeo riding just yet.
A Horse Named Joe
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1956, 237 pp, illus C W Anderson
Sammy works with his horse Joe, and tries to stay away from public view. He has spent time in
jail (although he was innocent). However, he will have to face the public now that he has agreed
to help Jean win a five hundred mile horse race.
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1957, 152 pp, illus Aaron Bohrod
Scotty trades in his heifer for a thin bay mare; a trade which doesn’t impress his father at all.
However, Scotty believes in the mare, a little Thoroughbred they call Trip, and so does his mother.
Run to Kansas
Duell, Sloan And Pearce, New York, 1958, 143 pp, illus Alan Moyler
After a fight at the mill, which Tom didn’t want to take part in, his parents press him to leave and
go west. He does leave, riding West on his plough horse Meg, but Tom’s enemy Griff follows him
Duell, Sloan And Pearce, New York, 1963, 121 pp
It was a red horse which killed Paul’s friend Joe in a rodeo bucking contest, and Paul wants to
kill the horse which killed his friend. He cannot do it though, when he comes face to face with the
fear in the horse’s eyes.