Archive for Mustangs

No Agenda Time – Join Up Without a Round Pen

Joe and Saffron

You might remember that, for me, the most important element in Monty Roberts’ Join Up is that the choice to join up, to trust, belongs to the horse. It is not forced by the human. And when the horse makes that choice freely, of its own free will, everything changes. No-Agenda Time takes longer than Monty’s Join Up (which usually works for him in 30 to 40 minutes). Our No Agenda experiment with our new mustang Saffron took 35 days, but when it happened everything changed, like a flash, right before our eyes. Everything! As if she had just flicked a switch. Read More→

No More Salt Blocks!

I had never been licked by a horse before. Lots of sniffing, nudging, lip nibbling, and just hanging out close by. But never a full-blown, full-tongue lick on the arm. Especially by a mustang who’s never even had a lead rope on. But one day, back when we lived in California, Noelle gave me several licks on the arm. This was back when she was not yet living out with the rest of the herd. It was a particularly hot day and I wondered aloud if it might be a salt issue. Then, I suddenly realized that when we set up her paddock we had forgotten the salt.

One of the many things I asked about when our first three horses landed in our yard was, “Aren’t we supposed to have a salt block?” “Of course,” was the unanimous answer. “Can’t hurt.” The reason it’s in a block, we were told, is so the horse can’t get too much. You know how bad salt can be for high blood pressure and other things. We bought it because that’s all the information we had. Read More→

“Share a rare intimate narrative and an extraordinary book.”

By Helen Underwood Miller

“This is an extraordinary book. Every horse will be ever grateful to Joe Camp for writing it. Buy it for your daughters, sons, friends, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, vets, farriers, neighbors, hay dealers, feed merchants, the local breeders, the people who muck out at their stables, the people who rent trailers, the people who have horse rescue centers. Buy paper copies and leave them accidentally Read More→

A Tale of Two Mustangs – Life Doesn’t Get Better Than This!


Barely an hour after Firestorm was born.

Saffron stepped off our trailer one fine St. Patty’s day, as an unhandled mustang, fresh from the wild, who had never willingly touched or been touched by any human. And she was very pregnant. We were told by the BLM that she would probably deliver in May. That was March 17th. Four days later, on March 21st, Miss Firestorm was born. Read More→

Choosing a Lifestyle for Your Horse

We’re being told everyday: Curb stress and energize health and happiness.

With all the recent studies and research on the effect of emotional stress on physical issues, illness, and attitude we should all be listening.

But it’s not just a message to us. It’s also a message to our horses. Or rather to us about our horses.

How so? Horses don’t have my problems at the office. Or my boss. Or my bills. They don’t spend hours in traffic. Or worry about losing big clients. Where’s the stress?

If someone decided that we – you and I – and everyone else – were all going to live out the rest of our lives in the water what do you think might happen?

Excuse me?

I don’t mean “on” the water, like in a boat. I mean in the water. Up to our necks. Twenty-four hours a day. Or maybe we could get out for an hour here or an hour there, just to pay bills and do a little grocery shopping. Read More→

Amazon’s at it Again!

I’m excited! Amazon has another of our books on super sale! This time it’s the one I would most want you to read: Born Wild, the rest of the story. It begins where “The Soul of a Horse” left off, but with four more years of knowledge and experience. All 247 pages of our continuing journey and that of the golden stallion’s wild herd are on sale right now on Kindle for 99 cents, but only for the next three days! An Amazon #1 Bestseller; 4.5 stars!

Born Wild – The Soul of a Horse on Amazon

“I couldn’t imagine how Joe would top The Soul of a Horse, but he did! I just finished Born Wild. I could not put it down!” – Yvonne Rawleigh

“This book brings it home. Hated to put it down. Profound.” – J. Canfield

“Joe’s understanding and empathy for horses always amazes me…and his ability to translate it to us is equally amazing. So beautiful.” Cate Crismani – True Cowboy Magazine

“Thank you, Joe Camp, for loving so deeply and for being so passionate!” – Ruth Swander

“Joe Camp is a master storyteller.” – The New York Times Read More→