I had never laid hands on an unhandled horse.
Or touched a new foal, handled or otherwise.
Never mind one conceived in the wild.
So you might think I’d be nervous.
For reasons unknown I didn’t think I was. I was just anxious. Excited. At least that’s what I kept telling myself.
The appropriate term, I believe, is naive.
Very, very naïve.
I was able to separate Malachi from his unhandled mom on the second day of his life. He was all legs and already using them. Running, jumping, kicking. And I so looked forward to that first touch. He was, after all, so-o-o cute.
Thus begins Chapter 6 of Born Wild, our sequel to The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Wild. Like the new book, this little video was a long time coming. For reasons many of you know. But Malachi deserves to be here, and in many ways the new book is really his.
The anxiously anticipated sequel to the National Best Seller
The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd.
#1 Amazon Best Seller
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“I couldn’t imagine how you would top The Soul of a Horse, but you did! I just finished Born Wild. I could not put it down! Your ability to tell the story of the wild mustang is amazing. I couldn’t wait to get to the barn and work with my two horses. I haven’t been able to get the book off my mind! You have such a way of grabbing the reader and not letting go!!! Congratulations on another wonderful book. And thank you for educating me on how to follow my instincts with my amazing horses!” – Yvonne Rawleigh
“I read until late last night, and although I’m just a short way into the story, this is my thinking. I believe your body of work, starting with ‘Soul’, has been leading to this book.Your engaging writing style, not just about horses in general but about a specific herd, specific horses you brought into your life, is lovely. I believe Born Wild will prove to be another ‘Black Beauty’, which in that time, awakened people to the needs of horses and swept the country/world. We need that awakening again; thank you for doing that.” – Ruella Yates
“I just finished reading “Born Wild” by Joe Camp. The American government is supposed to be protecting our wild horses, but corruption abounds, and instead this administration is spending millions of tax payer’s money to decimate them. In “Born Wild” these facts are eloquently interwoven into a moving and enlightening love story about horses; both wild and domestic. Everyone should read this book. Thank you to Joe and Kathleen Camp for shining the light on such an important subject in such a beautiful way.” – Melanie Foster-Bowles
“Couldn’t wait to get “Born Wild” electronically and hated to stop reading it (starting chapter 10) long enough to tell you it’s another wonderful work. Thanks so much for your and Kathleen’s magical efforts in behalf of the Horse!” – Ron Tatus
“This is a very special book and may very well be the tipping point needed for the horses of the world to get a better deal. Thank you Joe Camp.” – Maureen Lynch Vanderstad
“Just had Born Wild delivered to my kindle – – can’t wait to start reading it . . I’ve been around horses pretty much my entire life . . I learned more from “The Soul of a Horse” than any other horse book I’ve ever read.” – Jim Paul Blasdel
Five years ago I began this book. We had only been horse owners for a year and a half and I had been asking a lot of questions, apparently too loudly too often, about how our new horses should be kept and cared for… and what we could learn by looking to the horses in the wild.
“Not a thing,” I was told, over and over again. “The domestic horse and the horse in the wild are not even the same species anymore.”
That made no sense to me. I remembered a teacher I once had who taught me to make decisions based upon knowledge and wisdom, not hearsay. So we began a new exploration, a new journey, once again charging off into uncharted waters… until we were suddenly stopped cold in our tracks and the book went on the shelf for almost three years. A very important three years, it turned out, that uncovered knowledge and wisdom we didn’t even know we were missing, and conclusions we could never have come to three years earlier. These discoveries astounded us, exhilarated us. And made us better. I hope that the words in this book have melted into the folds of what was being done, not what is being said. For that is their purpose. To create the experience for you that you might live it with us, do it with us. Feel it with us.
And now those words are yours. We hope you’ll find them worthy, and share them often.
Joe & Kathleen