Loomis, J Paul

About the author

There seem to be several J Paul Loomis out there, but I haven’t had any success in finding out any useful detail which will confirm one of them as this author. J Paul Loomis wrote two books with horse content. He was obviously a prolific and regular contributor to Boy’s Life Magazine, as both his horse books are re-workings of earlier serialisations which appeared in the magazine.

Finding the books
Both do turn up, but Trail of the Pinto Stallion is tricky to find with its dustjacket.

Links and sources
Thank you to Lisa Catz for the summaries.

Bibliography (horse books only)

Salto, a Horse of the Canadian Mounties

Dodd, Mead, New York, 1941
Dodd, Mead, New York, 1950, 253 pp

Reprinted as Horse of the Deep Snows, a story of Salto, Horse of the Canadian Mounties

Dodd, Mead, New York, 1954, 254 pp.

Stories of a Canadian Mountie, Park Langdon, and his horse Salto. Salto is taken away after an incident, but Park convinces his superiors to give him another chance. The Mounties travel to New York City to perform their musical ride at Madison Square Garden during the National Horse Show, and Park’s enemy strikes again. Salto goes crazy. Park is injured but nobly says nothing. There are
twelve other stories, some written for this book, and others which appeared in “Boy’s Life” magazine.

Trail of the Pinto Stallion

Dodd, Mead, New York, 1951, 241 pp
New York, Dodd, Mead, 1957, 245 pp

A shorter version was originally published in Boys’ Life, Jan-Apr, 1947

Kirkus review of Trail of the Pinto to Oregon, 1957, which I think is a retitled version of this book

Not so much a horse story, but horses play an important part, especially Kiowa, the pinto stallion, and Pierre, the once rogue horse who proves to be a true partner. 14-year-old orphan Nat Kane crosses the Great Plains in 1832 with the trading expedition led by Captain Bonnerville, a true life figure. Nat is searching for an older friend, Brent Logan, who went west after his wife died. Nat is sure he can find Brent through word of his magnificent pinto stallion, Kiowa. The journey has its  share of excitement and danger.