George Cory Franklin

American author of children's books. Born in 1872 in Colorado. Wrote quite a few children's adventure stories which for the most part featured various wild animals or were historical. He is noted for the fact that his stories are deeply entrenched in their setting of the Rocky Mountains. Both the natural and social history of the region is explored within his work. Four of his books feature equines and are of the wild horse/ranching type story.

Horse & Pony Books:

PANCHO
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1953)
ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM MOYERS
SUMMARY: Tom buys an outlaw rodeo horse and trains him to be a good ranch horse. But skullduggery is afoot when some nasty men want the horse back for the rodeo!

SHORTY'S MULE
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN USA] 1952)
ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM MOYERS
SUMMARY: Smoky was the funniest looking critter on the Horsetrack Ranch. His long fuzzy ears, his short little body, and mouse-colored coat gave him away. Smoky was no horse. He was a mischievous, show-off, no-good mule. But he became the pet of the Horsetrack cowboys. They laughed at his tricks and his insatiable curiosity. Everyone loved him especially Shorty whose pack mule Smoky became. When rustlers made off with a herd of young cattle and left Shorty tied up in his bedroll, it was Smoky who saved the day and became hero of the Horsetrack Ranch.

PIONEER HORSE
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN USA] 1960)
ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM MOYERS
SUMMARY: Historical adventure. Pedro and Father Sanchez escape from the Aztec Indians but lose their valuable Arabian horses.

Collector's Info:
Can be found without too much trouble in the USA, although not as common as some. Prices tend to vary very widely, so shop around. Elsewhere, all three are very hard to find.

Short Story Collections:

WILD HORSES OF THE RIO GRANDE
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1951)
ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM MOYERS
SUMMARY: Collection of 12 stories of the 'wild west' persuasion, about wild horses, ranch horses and mules.

Collector's Info:
Like the novels this short story collection can be found without too much trouble in the USA, although again not exactly common  Prices tend to vary very widely, so shop around. Hard to find outside of America.