Rubbing to edges and corners bumped. Covers and spine creased. Pages browning.
'The pony arrived in a cattle truck with a board kicked out, the floor stamped to splinters, and its head rubbed raw from fighting the halter. Dora was alone in the yard when it came ... When she backed it out, it fell sideways off the ramp, panicked, dragged the rope from her hand and was gone. She trapped it in a field, but it took Paul and the Captain and Slugger Jones half the day to corner and catch it.
'The Captain had made calm, sensible horses out of nervous wrecks. He had made docile friends out of the mean ones, like Dolly. He was glad of the opportunity to salvage this young one, although he was angry at the chain of delusion and foolishness which made salvage necessary'
Monica Dickens' moving account of the problems of running a rest home for aged and ailing horses is also an entertaining story of how helping the animals solves the problems of two young people at odds with life.