Smoky the Cow Horse Author:Will James 1926. The horse is not appreciated and never will be appreciated enough, few humans, even them that works him, really know him, but then there's so much to know about him. I've wrote this book on only one horse and when I first started it I was afraid I'd run out of something to write, but I wasn't half thru when I begin to realize I had to do s... more »ome squeezing to get the things in I wanted, and when I come to the last chapter was when I seen how if I spent my life writing on the horse along and lived to be a hundred I'd only said maybe half of what I feel ought to be said. Smoky is not a fiction horse. Contents: A Range Colt; Smoky Meets the Human; Where the Trails Fork; The End of a Rope; The Bronc Twister Steps Up; The Squeak of Leather; Smoky Shows His Feelings; Smoky Starts Out; Fights for Rights; Amongst the Missing; The Feel of a Strange Hand; When the Good Leaves; A Many-Men Horse; and Dark Clouds, then Tall Grass. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.« less
Smoky knows only one way of life: freedom. Living on the open range, he is free to go where he wants and do what he wants. And being a smart colt, he learns what he must in order to survive. He can beat any enemy whether it be a rattlesnake or a hungry wolf. He is as much a part of the wild west as it is of him, and Smoky can't imagine anything else.
But when he comes across a new enemy, one that walks on two legs and makes funny sounds. Smoky can't beat this enemy like he has all the others. But does he really want to beat it? Or could giving up some freedom mean getting something else in return that's even more valuable?
This is one of my favorite horse stories. I always wonder what horses are thinking at certain times, this gives a good example. Plus, who wouldn't want a horse like Smoky? It goes through his training, different masters, and how he is treated affects him, and what can happen to horses in the right hands and the wrong hands.