Dent, London, 1965, illus Elisabeth Grant
To Find a Golden Pony is one of those pony books that is extremely difficult to find. Set in Suffolk, its heroine is Jo, who at the start of the book, is just about to move from Surrey, where she lives with her aunt and cousins. Her aunt has only allowed her very limited riding, despite the cousins having ponies. In what sounds like something taken directly from life, her aunt announces she’s not prepared to take the risk of riding lessons with someone else’s child.
Jo’s mother has died, but she is now going to re-join her farmer father in Suffolk. Jo is an extraordinarily self-possessed child. She is described as quiet, and she is: the sort of child who thinks at you. Her father struggles with the idea of Jo having a pony, as it brings back memories of his wife, but Jo sails forth and buys a pony on her own. Fortunately she is blessed with a very acute eye for a horse, and buys the grey Welsh Saxon, who turns out to be A Good Thing.
Many thanks to Hannah Fleeetwood for the picture.