The Red Pony is a novella in four parts about the youth and entrance into manhood of Jody Tiflin, son of a horse trainer. Jody's life is a strenuous one full of hardships and tough lessons, including the accidental death of his beloved pony which stands as a symbol of his entry into the sometimes violent, unpredictable, and frightening world of manhood. The stories explore themes of regret, aging, the fallibility of adults, and responsibility.
The Red Pony, Chrysanthemums, and Flight are three works of fiction by American author John Steinbeck. The Red Pony is a series of short stories about life on a ranch. Chrysanthemums deals with a woman's attempts to own her identity and to succeed as a gardener. Flight is the story of Pepe, a young French boy who murders a man in an argument and is himself hunted down and shot.