Smokey the Cowhorse
Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James - Black Beauty for the Western Crowd. Tear Jerker.
is a wonderful book! I adore how it's told from the horses point of view without really humanizing them. Honestly, I would recommend any of Will James's books if you're a fan of the western genre.
Just uh, be aware that Will James was... okay I'll be blunt here, the guy was a flaming racist. Even for his time some of his beliefs were pretty repugnant.
This pops up from time to time in his books. Sometimes it's subtle enough to ignore, but sometimes it's... not. Smokey
is unfortunately in the latter category. Mid-way through the book a horse rustler is introduced, this character is a pretty awful person who cruelly treats the horses he steals.
But Will James doesn't lay blame for this person being well... a bad person on his upbringing or lack of moral values or anything. He lays the blame on the man's race
and it ain't Caucasian.
Later on another more minor character who also mistreat horses is introduced and yes, again Will James says that it's his race that's the cause behind his animal cruelty. And yes, this man isn't Caucasian either.
I'm not sure if later editions of Will James's books expunge the racism, so just be aware that you might run into that unpleasant nonsense if you read his books.