J B Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1943
Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1945, reprinted 1970s
Dragon, London, 1966, parts 1, 2 and 3
Dragon, London, 1970s, parts 1, 2 and 3
Mammoth, 1986, 1995
Thunderhead is Flicka’s colt, by Appalachian. It is soon obvious that the white colt, with his ‘scrabbling’ action, is a throwback to the Albino. Much more centred on the adults than the children, this story revolves around the relationship between Rob and Nell, which is close to disintegration as the horse business is less and less successful. Rob cannot bear to fail, or be questioned. Ken does succeed in taming Thunderhead, but the horse longs to revert to his wild nature, even though Ken hopes he will save the family fortunes by becoming a successful racehorse.