Laune, Paul

About the author

Paul Laune (1899–1977) was born in Woodward, and educated at the University of Oklahoma. He worked as an illustrator and art critic in New York, and then moved to Arizona, where he started to paint and draw Quarter Horses. He illustrated many children’s books, including some of the Hardy Boys series. As far as I am aware, he wrote one children’s book himself, an easy reader called The Thirsty Pony (1940). His better known horse books are non fiction, and focus on the mustangs he knew well from his childhood, and on his favourite breed, the Quarter Horse.

Finding the books
Good copies vary in price, but are all reasonably easy to find.

Links and sources
Paul Laune at the Pioneer Museum
Paul Laune on Wikipedia
Thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph.


The Thirsty Pony

Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1940, 24 pp, illus the author


Mustang Roundup

Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1964, 154 pp, illus the author

A history of mustangs, interwoven with the author’s reminiscences of the mustangs on his father’s ranch.

America’s Quarter Horses

Doubleday, New York, 1973