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Joe Camp , Monty Roberts
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April 28 2009
Look into the heart and soul of a horse.

A surprise birthday gift plunged Joe and his wife, Kathleen, into the world of horses as complete neophytes without a clue as to what a horse needed or wanted. They searched for logic and sense in the rule books of traditional horse care. What they found was not what they had expected.

Written for everyone who has ever loved a horse or ever loved the idea of loving a horse, this memoir leads us on a voyage of discovery as Joe and Kathleen navigate uncharted territory on their way to achieving a true relationship with their horses. Joe Camp’s inspiring book unlocks the mystery of a majestic creature who has survived on earth, without assistance, for fifty-five million years and teaches us that the lessons he learned apply not only to horses but also to our relationships with people.

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“One cannot help but be touched by Camp’s love and sympathy for animals and by his eloquence on the subject.”
—Michael Korda, The Washington Post

“Heartwarming, joyful and triumphant lightly describes this literary gem by Joe Camp, author, producer, director and, now, horseman. Not just for horse lovers but for anyone who has loved any living creature.”
True Cowboy Magazine

“This book is absolutely fabulous! An amazing, amazing book. You’re going to love it.”
Janet Parshall’s America

“Who should read this book? Every person who has a relationship with a horse, other animals, spouse, family, or other humans. So that includes just about everybody.”
The Rider Magazine

“Joe Camp is a gifted storyteller and when he turns his talents to his newest passion, the horse, the results are magical. Few veteran horsemen can impart the insights about horses that Joe Camp, a relative newcomer, has done in his book The Soul of a Horse. Joe entertains, educates and empowers, baring his own soul while articulating keystone principles of a modern revolution in horsemanship.”
—Rick Lamb, TV/Radio host "The Horse Show,” Author of Human to Horseman

“One does not have to love horses to appreciate Joe Camp’s new book, The Soul of a Horse. And those who don’t already love horses surely will by the time they finish reading.”
—Bloggernews

Joe Camp’s The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd presents the history and majesty of equines in a way that truly touches the heart weaving an engaging tapestry of writings that explore the evolutionary development of horses along with Camp’s present day relationship with the horses that have chosen him as their leader. A treasure map leading to untold riches.”
The World Magazine

“Joe Camp … writes about horses with empathy, curiosity, and a deep regard for equine instincts and behavior. He began to question why horsemen used traditional methods of horse care, and pursued a more natural path to training and horsemanship. He turned his horses out, applied natural hoof care principles, and relished the new insights herd behavior gave him -- into not only horses, but into himself, too. It’s a book that encourages the reader, gently, to step into the herd and learn.”
Horse and Rider

“You will never look at a horse race, or a herd of mustangs, or even the canine of dubious parentage that is lounging on your couch, the same way.”
—Las Vegas Review-Journal

“The tightly written, simply designed . . . chapters often read like short stories that flow from the heart, not just from the corral.”
—Joplin Independent

"Hundreds of other books about horses, training, and equine management have been published, but Camp's easy-to-read prose, humor, and enlightening tales bring readers to question what truly is best for the horse."
—Library Journal

"Joe shows that animals can change your perspective and perhaps even your life. This book is about compromise, trust, and love. There are life lessons to be learned here that go beyond the pasture and affect the quality of your life. Read this book and feel your heart open."
—Mike Thompson, Writer-Producer of the new Universal film Traveling

"Yes, it's a "horse" book... but really, it's so much more.  This book is about relationships, choices, acceptance, trust, compromise, and love. Take the horses out of it, and it tells stories of life lessons and teaches that the quality of life is often in the choices we make."
—Susan Sherlock, Recording Artist

"Joe speaks a clear and simple truth that grabs hold of your heart."
—Yvonne Welz, Editor, The Horse's Hoof Magazine

"Joe Camp is a natural when it comes to understanding how animals tick and a genius at telling us their story. The Soul of a Horse is a must read for those who love animals of any species."
—Monty Roberts, author of New York Times best-seller The Man Who Listens to Horses

"The Soul of a Horse is beautiful. Everyone who reads this book will laugh a little, cry a little, and think a lot; about the horse, about mankind, and about themselves."
—Pete Ramey, author, speaker, Hoof Rehabilitation Specialist

"I wish you could hear my excitement for Joe Camp's new book, The Soul of a Horse. It is unique, powerful, needed."
—Dr. Marty Becker, best-selling author of several Chicken Soup for the Soul books and popular veterinary contributor to ABC's Good Morning America

"I am amazed and in awe...and I'm a tough, cynical woman. The ideas in this book are phenomenal."
—Holly Hazard, Innovations Director, Humane Society of the United States

"It's lovely! I found myself wiping away a tear on more than one occasion. I like the mix of 'fable' and real stories from Joe's own farm and experiences."
—Gaynor Renwick, Manager, Horses First Racing Club; Warminster, England

"Joe Camp's The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons from the Herd presents the history and majesty of equines in a way that truly touches the heart. Camp accomplishes this by weaving an engaging tapestry of writings that explore the evolutionary development of horses along with Camp's present day relationship with the horses that have chosen him as their leader. A treasure map leading to untold riches."
—Candace Runaas, PET Home Magazine

"I was so excited to read this awesome book (or a draft of it) that I could not stop until I was finished. I cannot wait for it to be published and available! I am already compiling a list of people I want to pre-order it for as a gift. Joe is a great story teller. He has managed to pull together all of the aspects that make up this new paradigm of horse care called "natural horsemanship", and has done so in a manner that is some how both gentle and forgiving to the reader as well as absolutely unquestionable. He makes it simple and so obviously the best way to keep and relate to horses. There will be so many horses (and people) that will benefit tremendously from this book! What a blessing Joe Camp is.”
—Terry Jenkins, Retired Zoo Sanctuary manager and animal advocate

"I simply love the way Joe Camp writes. He stirs my soul. He has successfully woven his personal story with horses, with a mountain of valuable information, from many professional Natural Horse people, into a spellbinding book. I have cheered and cried as I have read the pages of his manuscript. I find I keep saying to myself, "THIS IS THE WAY HORSES SHOULD BE TREATED!! This is a must read book for everyone.”
Debbie K

"The book was fantastic!! I am so impressed. The writing gets straight to the heart of the problem with horse care today: it's not about the horse anymore!!"
—Ellen Siedlecki, Equine Verternarian

"The old adage "If it isn't broke don't fix it" may never be shown more true with horses than in Joe's book.  He shows how people have broken most, if not all, of the ways horses were made to live and how to make things right again.  It's funny, compelling, to the point, and what any horse would have you read."
—Al Fischer, rescue horse lover/volunteer.

"Joe Camp's new book, The Soul of a Horse, should be required reading for anyone who wants horses, has horses or just plain loves horses! From start to finish this book takes you on Joe and his wife Kathleen's own journey from beginning horse owners to a fully realized partnership with their horses as part of the herd. Joe's common sense approach to natural horsemanship shows how much he cares about the well being of horses. In fact, he became Horse in order to understand them and help them to not just survive in our world but to thrive. Joe walks his talk which sets a true example of commitment, respect and most importantly love for any animal that lives with us in our human world."
—Dr. Kim Bloomer, Host of Animal Talk Naturally Radio


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

JOE CAMP is the writer, producer, and director of all the celebrated Benji movies and programs and the creator of the canine superstar.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey into the Soul of a Horse May 22 2008
Format:Hardcover
Reading The Soul of a Horse is an intimate look into the spirit of a horse and what truly makes him do what he does. Joe Camp takes the reader into the soul of his beloved Cash and through Cash's experiences (read and probable) explains clearly and concisely exactly how his friend sees the world and why he acts and reacts as he does. Joe explains how to get the most of the human-horse relatinship through love, understanding, and logic.

I recommend this book to anyone who has ever had or hopes to have a horse or any animal. It's an amazing journey that leads Joe not only to discover the soul of a horse but untimately to find new depths in his own spirit and life. I will be re-reading The Soul of a Horse many, many times.

Gail MacMillan, Bathurst, New Brunswick, author of Ceilidh's Quest and Biography of a Beagle
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I had the terrific luck to see an advance copy of this book and I'm in awe. The Soul of a Horse is a wonderful read, a great story, and not just for horsey folks. I cannot find the words so I'm quoting below two professionals with whom I agree.

Joe Camp is a natural when it comes to understanding how animals tick and a genius at telling us their story. The Soul of a Horse is a must read for those who love animals of any species.?
Monty Roberts
Author of New York Timers Best-seller The Man Who Listens to Horses

The Soul of a Horse is beautiful. As I read it, I kept needing to go outside to pet Smokey; not for his sake, but for mine (actually the best place to read it would be sitting in the middle of a pasture full of horses). Everyone who reads this book will laugh a little, cry a little, and think a lot; about the horse, about mankind, and about themselves. Some will be angry, some will be sad. Others will jump for joy that this story was told. But this is the case with any Truth. In the end The Soul of a Horse will pave the road to a better world for our beloved horses. At the same time I do believe this ?hard look in the mirror? will make the world a little better for people, too.?
Pete Ramey
Author, Clinician, Hoof Rehabilitation Specialist
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book! June 16 2009
Format:Paperback
I was enthralled by this book. I had spent 15 years of my life researching and learning everything about horsemanship through books, seminars, video and travel to many countries. I arrived at the identical conclusions found in Joe Camp's book. . This is advice you can trust and believe in. I had to answer one question: "If I was a horse would I want to be owned by me?"........I am sure Joe Camp's horses are thrilled to be owned by Joe Camp as I hope mine are happy to be owned by me. It takes thought, knowledge, love,and a sense of no-compromise to achieve what Joe Camp has with his horses. We can all do it and should.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
As a firm believer that the horse does things for me because she wants to, and that I am part of her herd once respect has been created, I often can be skeptical when reading books that are horse related. I was extremely pleased to find out that this book helps people understand the importance of a natural horse environment, is full of humour and teachings, and is also written with identified research to support the theories.
It is written for, and with the horse owner in mind, not written with a veterinarian in mind.
There were moments when I laughed, and other moments when I cried, and times when I wanted to phone Joe to thank him. Some people will read this book and say that the environment he is talking about is not for them. I disagree. It is the preferred environment for a horse. Joe and Kathleen have done a great job documenting and creating an environment that is as close to their natural habitat as possible.
The added feature that made this book wonderful was the parallel story of the wild herd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book that is set to help so many horses Dec 23 2007
Format:Hardcover
I was so excited to read this awesome book (or a draft of it) that I could not stop until I was finished. I cannot wait for it to be published and available! I am already compiling a list of people I want to pre-order it for as a gift. Joe is a great story teller. He has managed to pull together all of the aspects that make up this new paradigm of horse care called "natural horsemanship", and has done so in a manner that is some how both gentle and forgiving to the reader as well as absolutely unquestionable. He makes it simple and so obviously the best way to keep and relate to horses. There will be so many horses (and people) that will benefit tremendously from this book! What a blessing Joe Camp is.

Terry Jenkins
Retired Zoo Sanctuary manager and animal advocate
Struggling my way into the new paradigm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read Nov. 24 2007
By Laurra
Format:Hardcover
I have read an advance copy of this book, and I was transfixed. I couldn't stop reading the book. I stayed up way too late, but I finished the book--every word of it. It made me feel like a kid again, when I hid under the covers past my bedtime to read horse books--all the Walter Farley Black Stallion books, horse bios like Exterminator...this is a great book, written with compassion, and allowing the reader to live Joe's experiences. I am in awe of how Joe Camp has managed to compile the Natural Horse wisdom into such a nurturing and personal format. I'm sure that every reader will project him/herself into the situations that Joe describes with his horses. Anyone who has ever been with horses or who loves horses needs to read this book.

Thanks to Joe Camp for enriching my life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of the great horsemen!
Although mr cAmp is not himself a great horseman but learning about Horsemanshio he is extremely well read, well informed and a VERY FAST LEARNER

Good synthesis of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Denyse Rousselet, author COMA
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an enjoyable educational read
I would recommend this book to anyone, especially if you own horses. After reading the book I was inspired to look further into the teachings of Joe Camp. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steen Rassow
1.0 out of 5 stars Condescending and filled with clichés
I started reading this book with anticipation expecting to learn more about natural horsemanship, but I am now half way through it and have gained little new information. Mr. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Genevieve Delcuve
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is about a couple's journey into the world of horses.
If you're familiar with natural horsemanship, you're probably not going to learn much from this book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Laura Etcovitch
1.0 out of 5 stars What a bunch of drivel!
If I could have given a zero, I would have. There is a TON of bashing involved in this book. A man who has barely been around horses claims to be an 'expert' now.... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Abby Koop
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book!!!
This book is about Joe Camps's journey with his horses. This is not a book for you if you don't believe in natural horsemanship. Read more
Published on March 19 2012 by Nathalie
5.0 out of 5 stars A great documentation of the horsemanship journey
I truly enjoyed this book as it mirrored my own journey with horses in many ways and is therefore very easy to relate to. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2010 by Michelle R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read
This book is one of those that you just can't put down, I spent a whole weekend at the cottage reading this. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2010 by Alexander Palfrey
4.0 out of 5 stars From laughs to good solid information about horses
This book takes you through the first two years that a couple goes through for first time horse owners. Read more
Published on May 2 2010 by L. Pepin
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonding with animals
This book is an example of the bonding and communication that can occur with animals if we give it time and know the way. A powerful book and very well written. Read more
Published on May 26 2009 by Kathleen A. Willis
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