Blackie, 1964, illus Constance Marshall
Knight, pb, 1977
The blurb: When Mary Ann and Jimmy learn that Matilda is to be sold to an unscrupulous dealer, they decide to kidnap and hide her. But Matilda is a great, grey Percheron carthorse and feeding and taking care of such a spirited charge, while keeping her out of sight in a deserted windmill, takes all their ingenuity. When Matilda’s hiding place is in danger ofdiscovery, Mary Ann has a brilliant idea: to enter the big horse in the fancy dress class at the local gymkhana. With Jimmy as her rider, she wins first prize, but her disguise is perfect and Matilda is still missing. On the last day of the holidays Mary Ann and Jimmy know a proud moment when Matilda is recognized as a true princess among carthorses and offered a fine new home.
The Matilda series
Two Foals for Matlida