Louise Moeri

American author born in Oregon in 1924. She grew up in the troublesome era of the Great Depression but overcome this difficult start to become a popular author of teenage fiction. Many of her books also deal with children overcoming some sort of adversity and cover a number of different genres including historical and fantasy as well as modern down-to-earth settings. A couple feature horses, although only one is a traditional type pony story.

Horse & Pony Books:

A HORSE FOR X.Y.Z.
(DUTTON  [USA] 1977)
ILLUSTRATED BY GAIL OWENS
Reprinted in paperback by Scholastic and Hippo.
EDITIONS PICTURED: First edition, Scholastic paperback edition, Hippo paperback edition.
SUMMARY: At summer camp twelve year old Solveig is desperate to ride the gorgeous horse Snake Dancer, but the riding master at camp tells her he's too much of a horse for kids to handle. This doesn't put Solveig off however. When she gets a chance she plans to sneak back and steal a ride. But her illicit ride gets her a lot more than she bargains for when she ends up on the run with Snake Dancer in an effort to save him.

THE UNICORN AND THE PLOW
(DUTTON [USA] 1982)
ILLUSTRATED BY DIANE GOODE
EDITION PICTURED: First edition
SUMMARY: Not really a pony book. It is a slightly dark fairy tale which features a unicorn, so I have included it for the unicorn lovers amongst you. A starving farmer with two oxes decides to sell one and kill the other for meat. But he is persuaded to wait another day and see if fate will provide a different solution.

THE DEVIL IN OL' ROSIE
(ATHENEUM  [USA] 2001)
Also available as a print on demand edition from Simon & Schuster
EDITION PICTURED: First edition
SUMMARY: Historical story set on a ranch at the turn of the century. The cranky mare Ole Rosie breaks out of the corral and takes ten other horses with her. His mother and father are occupied by the eminent birth of a baby so twelve year old John must set off to catch the animals himself and hopefully prove to his critical and demanding father he is not useless on the ranch. But the task does not prove an easy one, especially when the herd ended up being hunted by a cougar.

Collectors info:
Easy to find in the USA. A Horse for XYZ can be found without too much trouble in the UK, although the others are much harder.