I tend to think of the 1920s as a generation rather tougher than our own, and less inclined to edit out the nasty side of life for our children. It wasn't necessarily so, however: author and illustrator Allen Seaby wrote several pony stories in the 1920s about British native ponies. According to the foreword to his Dinah the Dartmoor, the first edition dustjacket of his Skewbald the New Forest Pony, published in 1923 was objected to because it showed a picture of two ponies fighting. Seaby had to produce the version seen on very many reprints since, which was considered "less inciting to evil."
I still haven't seen a first edition dustjacket, but I now have a first edition. Here it is. I assume that, like later reprints, the illustration on the boards mirrored the one on the dustjacket.
This is the reprint:
- a sweetly domestic and maternal scene. None of those nasty fighting males.