Thomas C. Hinkle (1876-1949)

American author. Thomas Clark Hinkle was a prolific writer of children's animal stories, mainly featuring dogs or horses. The horse stories are all in the wild horse/wild west mode. Some are based on true stories and many are of the 'wild horse can only be mastered by one man' ilk.

The books were written from experience. Thomas C. Hinkle rode and hunted the Kansas plains when covered wagons still carried men westward. One of his most cherished boyhood memories was seeing the horse Comanche, only equine survivor of General Custer's last stand.

As well a popular author, Hinkle was also a doctor and a minister.

Pony Books:

BLACK STORM: A HORSE OF THE KANSAS HILLS
(MORROW 1929)
ILLUSTRATED BY J. CLINTON SHEPHERD (1st edition)
ILLUSTRATED BY THOMAS L. SINNICKSON (Paperback)
Reprinted by Scholastic paperback with different illustrations by Thomas L. Sinnickson
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, paperback edition.
SUMMARY: No-one could ride the wild Black Storm until young Joe with his gentle quiet ways mounted him. The two form a close partnership until the horse is stolen. But Black Storm is determined to escape and make his way back to his master. Apparently based on a true story.

TORNADO BOY: A HORSE OF THE WEST
(MORROW 1930)
Reprinted in hardback.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition.
SUMMARY: Tornado Boy the blue colt must escape his captors to return to the wild.

SILVER: THE STORY OF A WILD HORSE
aka WILD HORSE SILVER (UK edition)
(MORROW 1934)
(1st UK edition A & C BLACK 1941)
Reprinted in paperback.
Published in the UK by A & C Black and re-titled.
SUMMARY: Story of a wild white stallion

HURRICANE PINTO: THE STORY OF AN OUTLAW HORSE
aka PINTO THE MUSTANG (UK edition)
(MORROW 1935)
(1st UK edition ARROWSMITH 1935)
Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap as part of their Famous Horse Stories series.
Published in the UK by Arrowsmith and re-titled.
SUMMARY: Everyone thought the pinto was a born outlaw - except for Joe…

CINCHFOOT: THE STORY OF A RANGE HORSE
(MORROW 1938)
Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap as part of their Famous Horse Stories series.
EDITIONS PICTURED: Famous Horse Stories edition.
SUMMARY: Based on a true story of the friendship between a stallion Cinchfoot and the gelding Blaze Face who roam together on the range.

BUCKSKIN: THE STORY OF A WESTERN HORSE
aka BUCKSKIN: THE STORY OF A GALLANT HORSE (UK edition)
(MORROW 1939)
(1st UK edition WARD, LOCK & CO 1949)
Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap as part of their Famous Horse Stories series.
Published  in the UK under alternative sub-title.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st UK edition.
SUMMARY: Buckskin is a one-man horse and will give his allegiance only to young Jim. Partly based on true events.

MUSTANG: A HORSE OF THE OLD WEST
(MORROW 1942)
Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap as part of their Famous Horse Stories series, with two different covers.
Reprinted in paperback.
EDITIONS PICTURED: Famous Horse Stories editions with different covers, paperback edition.
SUMMARY: The big bay mustang is stolen from his rightful owner Sam and learns from his captors that man can be cruel. When he is set free by a young girl he embarks upon a life of adventures from running wild on the range to running as a racehorse. Will he ever find peace and friendship again?

TOMAHAWK: FIGHTING HORSE OF THE OLD WEST
(MORROW 1944)
(1st UK edition LUTTERWORTH 1947)
Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap as part of their Famous Horse Stories series.
Published in the UK by Lutterworth Press.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st UK edition
SUMMARY: A spirited young colt and the boy who loves him try and outwit a gang of horse rustlers determined to get their hands on the colt.

BLACK TIGER: THE STORY OF A FAITHFUL HORSE
(MORROW 1945)
(1st UK edition COLLINS 1957)
Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap as part of their Famous Horse Stories series.
Published in the UK by Collins/The Children's Press.
EDITIONS PICTURED: Famous Horse Stories edition, UK edition.
SUMMARY: Jim is overjoyed when he finally captures the magnificent black colt Tiger and his mother, but then the pair escape and are pursued by horse thieves. Will Jim ever get Black Tiger back?

BLAZE FACE: THE STORY OF A HORSE
(MORROW 1947)
There was also a German language version.
EDITIONS PICTURED: German edition.
SUMMARY: Blaze Face escapes from his corral and becomes part of a travelling rodeo.

DAPPLE GRAY
(MORROW 1950)
Reprinted by Grosset & Dunlap as part of their Famous Horse Stories series.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: Charlie and his horse set out to hunt a marauding grizzly which has been killing cattle and horses.

Collectors info:
Most of the books are fairly easy to find in the USA, although some of the titles are rarer than others. The paperbacks and Grosset & Dunlap Famous Horse Story editions are much easier to find than the William Morrow first editions. The author's titles were reasonably well represented in the UK, with five of them being published here. They can all be found here without too much trouble, Black Tiger having had the most printings and being by far the easiest of the four to spot. All the other titles are quite hard to find outside of the USA..
Some of the titles were also published in German language, but I am not sure of which particular ones.