Mirror Books, London, 1978, 144pp.
The book is a novelisation of a 1970s BBC serial (which completely passed me by). It’s not really a classical pony book – more a story that happens to have a horse in it.
The Moon Stallion of the title is a white horse who is connected to the White Horse of Uffington. The story is set in either late Victorian or Edwardian times (it’s not specific) and opens with an archaeologist, Professor Purwell, and his children, Diana and Paul going to Uffington. The Professor has been asked by Sir George Mortenhurze, a local squire, to seek out the true facts about the historical King Arthur.
It soon emerges that Mortenhurze and Todman have designs on the Moon Stallion – Mortenhurze because he wants revenge on it for having, he thinks, caused the death of his wife, and Todman, who as well as being Mortenhurze’s stablemaster is also a horse warlock, because he wants the power the Moon Stallion has. The plot centres around Diana, who is blind, but who has a connection with the Moon Stallion and does in fact turn out to be the Moon Child.