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George Cory Franklin

George Cory Franklin (1872 - ?) wrote several children’s books, including a pair about Monte, stories about a real grizzly bear tamed, who would imitate his owner. Franklin wrote four horse books, as far as I am aware, all of which appear to be ranch stories.

Finding the books: all titles are reasonably easy to find in the USA. None were printed in the UK.

Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photographs.

Bibliography - horse books only

Wild Horses of the Rio Grande

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1951, 181 pp, illus, William Moyers

“A collection of stories about wild horses, ranch horses, and mule trains including “Chief takes
over” about a horse that leads a mule train up and down steep trails and proves his worth during
a snow storm and avalanche.”

Pioneer Horse

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1960, 115 pp, illus William Moyers

“Pedro and Father Sanchez escape from the Aztec Indians in Mexico and lose their valuable
Arabian horses as they flee, but when the horses turn up later, Pedro shows his new Zuni friends
the usefulness of the horse.”

Shorty’s Mule

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1952, 45 pp, illus William Moyers

Smoky was the funniest looking animal on the Horsetrack Ranch - he is a mule, but he becomes
the pet of the cowboys, who love his tricks and his curiosity. Smoky becomes Shorty’s pack mule,
and when rustlers steal some cattle and leave Shorty immobilised, tied up in his bedroll, it is
Smoky who saves the day.


Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1953, 152 pp, illus William Moyers

Tom buys a horse which is supposed to be an outlaw bucking horse. He manages to gentle it,
and then trains it to be a good and effective ranch horse. However, there are people around who
still want the horse for the rodeo.