Collins, London, 1967, illus Sheila Rose
Harcourt, Brace & World, New York, 1967
Reprinted in Three Great Ponies Stories, Collins, 1971
Ponies for Hire sees Kirsty and her family are struggling to survive through farming on their croft. Her brother, Robbie, has had enough of farming using Highland pony horsepower, and wants a tractor. If he can’t farm in an easier way, he’ll go off to sea. Kirsty of course is desperate for this not to happen. Her widowed mother starts to take in holiday makers to make enough money to pay for the tractor, and Kirsty, together with their first guest, Nick, start a small trekking operation with the rest of the community’s ponies, fortunately on their summer break from farming.