Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could

About the Book

Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could
Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could

“Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could is a winner in many ways. It’s simple story is a deep exploration of the ways of the horse and the value of caring and fighting for life and love. The photos show the truth of the tale: a horse and a family’s history bound into one.”

– Gerald DiPego
Screenwriter, Phenomenon

The little horse’s chances were not good. Born prematurely on a freezing night, the buckskin colt had to fight for his life. When he was still a baby, Tecolote lost his mother. Would he be able to find a horse to help him grow up and teach him the ways of the herd? Would he ever know a friend who would love and protect him?

Be with Tecolote as he masters the challenges that young horses–and young people–face as they grow up and become all they’re meant to be. Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could will inspire children and adults alike.

Join Sandy Nathan as she tells a true tale of a young horse growing up straight and tall, a youngster who will remind you of the child in us all.

The illustrations in this book are snapshots taken while Tecolote’s story was unfolding. In using snapshots, the author wanted to bring you as close to the action as possible and introduce you to the real Tecolote, Shambho, Rosie, and all the other horses of Rancho Vilasa. This truly is Tecolote’s scrapbook–welcome to his world.


2011 Silver Nautilus Award for Children’s Nonfiction (Gr. 1-6) The Nautilus Award recognizes books, audio books, and e-books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change. The Nautilus Award recognizes distinguished contributions in adult, young adult, teen, and children’s literature. Previous winners include Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


  • WINNER Children’s Nonfiction
  • FINALIST: Children’s Picture Book Softcover Non-fiction
  • 2011 National Indie Excellence Contest: Tecolote is a Finalist in:
  • Animals/Pets General
  • Juvenile Non-fiction


Here’s a link to the video if the image doesn’t show up here.