Felix Salten (1869-1945)
Real name: Siegfried Salzmann. Best known as the author of the original story of Bambi, which was made into a classic Disney film. As well as a number of novels about the wild deer and other animals, he also wrote one horse-related title: Florian. This was the story of a Lipizzaner horse and was set in Austria.
He was actually born in Budapest in Hungary, but his family moved to Austria when he was just a baby and he lived there until 1938 when, as a Jew, it seemed prudent to escape from the dominance of Hitler. He moved to Switzerland, where he died a few years later.
Although not receiving much in the way of formal education Salten eventually managed to work his way up to becoming an editor and theatre critic, then eventually novelist.
Apart from Bambi, two of his other novels were also made into Disney films, including The Shaggy Dog (from the novel The Hound of Florence) though sadly for us horse-lovers, Florian was not.