Helen Orr Watson

American author of mainly young adult stories. Born in 1892. She was married to a military man and this lifestyle coloured most of her books, which featured military settings. Horses or dogs appeared in most of her books.

Horses & Pony Books:

TOP KICK: U.S. ARMY HORSE
FIRST EDITION HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1942
ILLUSTRATED BY BERNARD GARBUTT
SUMMARY: Story of an army horse from his training to his adventures in the Philippines during the Second World War.

SHAVETAIL SAM: U.S. ARMY MULE
FIRST EDITION HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1944
ILLUSTRATED BY BERNARD GARBUTT
SUMMARY: Story of Sam, a mischievous mule who becomes a West Point mascot  and then serves in the war as an army mule. But then tragedy strikes...

HIGH STEPPER
FIRST EDITION HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1946
ILLUSTRATED BY MANNING DE V. LEE
SUMMARY: Lonely boy Zan Cramer finds a dying colt whose mother had been killed by a mountain lion. He takes it home and raises it, and the horse whom he names Midnight Star becomes a close companion. When the horse runs off to join some wild horses it is the start of new adventures for Zan which culminate in him working for a circus and learning high school riding.

BLACK HORSE OF CULVER
FIRST EDITION HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1950
ILLUSTRATED BY BERNARD GARBUTT
SUMMARY: Set at the Culver Military Academy in their famous Black Horse Troop. A rebellious boy forms a close bond with the black Storm Cloud.

FOOLS OVER HORSES
FIRST EDITION HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1952
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
SUMMARY: Sally faces up to losing her farmů

Collector's Info:
None of these were reprinted. Reasonably easy to find in the USA. Hard to find elsewhere however.