An engaging story, told from a horse's point of view, describes the first years of Kentucky-born Fling's life as racehorse...

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An engaging story, told from a horse's point of view, describes the first years of Kentucky-born Fling's life as racehorse and as jumper. Put up for sale when his rich owner dies, Fling is bought and trained by Bill, the grandson of a former trainer and a neighbor. With Allison, Bill's girl who takes as deep an interest in Fling as he, they go to the Gotham and Fling's victory bodes a happy future. But there is an accident on the way home and the terrified Fling runs off to be lost in the Pennsylvania hills before another man discovers him, trains him to jump magnificently through fear and then disguises him for performances. Meanwhile Bill has gone to Korea and Allison is left alone to find Fling. Through there is tragedy in the final reunion, when Bill returns with an arm gone, Fling's qualities as a buckle horse- characteristically polite and instantaneously responsive- will make it possible for Bill to carry on his activities. Slight but smoothly told and winning.

Pub Date: Oct. 29, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Holt

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956