Horse and Pony Books:
CHEROKEE BILL: OKLAHOMA PACER
ABINGDON PRESS [USA] 1952)
ILLUSTRATED BY PERS CROWELL
Reprinted in hardback by Houghton Mifflin in 1970.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, Houghton Mifflin edition.
SUMMARY: Historical horse story. Along with hundreds of other settlers living in tents and covered wagons along the Kansas-Oklahoma border, twelve-year-old David Rutledge and his parents waited for the opening of the Cherokee Strip. Cherokee Bill, a stray horse, plays a big part in claiming the family's homestead. The horse also turns out to be a prize-winning pacer.
Easy to find in the USA and usually quite cheap. Much harder to find elsewhere however.