Wilma Pitchford Hays (1907-2006)

American author of children's novels who was fairly prolific. Mainly wrote historical stories, often based on real life events or people, but also wrote a few animal stories including three about ponies (one of which must be a contender for the weirdest pony book title of all time!) and one about a donkey.

Horse & Pony Books:

THE LITTLE HORSE THAT RACED A TRAIN
(LITTLE, BROWN & CO [USA] 1959)
Reprinted in hardback by original publishers.
Also a Book Club edition.
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
SUMMARY: Elmer is lonely until he meets a pony which races the train he rides to school. He names her Lightning because she is so fast. But when snow falls Lightning is trapped on the mountains. Can Elmer rescue her?

LITTLE HAWAIIAN HORSE
(LITTLE, BROWN & CO [USA] 1963)
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
SUMMARY: Set on Hawaii. A boy finds friendship with a colt.

THE BURRO THAT RAN AWAY
(LITTLE, BROWN & CO [USA] 1969)
ILLUSTRATED BY NELSON McCLARY
SUMMARY: Donkey story for younger readers.

THE LONG BLOND WIG
(IVES WASHBURN [USA] 1971)
ILLUSTRATED BY MARILYN MILLER
SUMMARY: Whilst trying to secure a friend for her nervous Thoroughbred Fury, Ginnie becomes embroiled in a cattle rustling scheme.

Collector's Info:
The Little Horse That Raced a Train is easy to find in the USA and usually fairly cheap. The others are a bit rarer but by no means hard to find. None of the titles are seen very often outside of America, however The Little Horse That Raced a Train can be bought cheaply from USA via Amazon, etc.