Louise Poole is an artist, producing emotive, unique paintings of both humans and animals. She has often moved clients to tears with her ability to catch the very soul of her subject. Her first book, ‘Bright Star - A story of the first tamed pony’ seems to have this effect too, as an ex-professional jockey commented that he found the story ‘very moving’.
Having ridden horses all her life from childhood ponies, training point-to-pointers, to a spell on a dressage yard in the Algarve, it is no surprise Louise was married on a ranch in Montana. Here she saw large herds living together and a different outlook to how the horses were handled, which sparked an interest in Natural Horsemanship, especially with American horseman Mark Rashid. She is interested in re-wilding programs for equines and encourages her own children to think first and foremost about horses being wild animals. After a day out with her daughter to watch the Welsh Mountain ponies who run freely on the Shropshire Hills, she was inspired to tell the story of ‘the first tamed pony’ who became, ‘Bright Star’. She hopes it will encourage readers to think about treating equines with respect and to full-fill their wild needs to the best of their ability.