A Horse Called Elvis
A worn-out mare has been dumped in the paddock near the Turners’ house. After school, Matt feeds and brushes her while he listens to his family argue in the house. Two days later, the mare dies. Nick finds a newborn foal beside her.The kids and their dad, Ray, want to keep him, but Mary, their mum, doesn’t because they don’t have the money to look after him.
The vet shows them how to look after the foal. When he is a few weeks old, the foal climbs the steps onto the verandah to investigate the noise coming from inside. He jumps around, being bothered by a horsefly. Ray says that the horse looks like he’s jiving, and so he earns the name Elvis.
As the colt grows, he begins to cause trouble, dragging washing off the line and digging in the vegetable garden. Mary is angry and the boys decide that the horse needs a yard. Ray helps them at first but he soon loses interest, so they finish it as best they can.