As I write this, I have known Joe less than one year, but it seems a heck of a lot longer. Of course I knew Benji and have marveled at how those stories were put together. But imagine how inadequate it makes me feel to realize how recently Joe came into horses. The man is a natural when it comes to understanding how animals tick and a genius at telling us their story.
The Soul of a Horse will entertain you while it educates you. It will take you on a journey from the prehistoric horse to the modern-day domesticated partner that we all seek to better understand. It is a must-read for those who love animals of any species. – Monty Roberts
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Have you ever wondered what kind of person could begin writing a book like The Soul of a Horse less than a year-and-a-half after acquiring his very first one? I have. There were times when I thought I was crazy. How could all of the discoveries we were making be true? Surely someone would have been talking about them before now. “Keep writing,” Kathleen said. And I, the dutiful husband, did. And I’m so glad I did. Below is the result:
“Joe Camp is a master storyteller.”
The New York Times
“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
“Camp’s tightly-written, simply-designed and powerfully drawn chapters often read like short stories that flow from the heart.”
Jack L. Kennedy – The Joplin Independent
“Joe Camp is a natural when it comes to understanding how animals tick and a genius at telling us their story. His books are must-reads for those who love animals of any species.”
Author of New York Timers Best-seller The Man Who Listens to Horses
“You will never look at a horse race, or a herd of mustangs, or even the canine lounging on your couch, the same way.”
The Las Vegas Review Journal
“Joe Camp is a gifted storyteller and the results are magical.”
Rick Lamb – The Horse Show
“A fantastic book.”
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“Cash, more so than any human, lived a life larger than life. He will always be an icon, a hero, a gift from God, and he did what he was sent to do…change your life Joe, as you did his, and then ours. The pictures you and Kathleen shared brought him alive for us. We can never say thank you enough.” – Dawn Hubbard
“Yes, this is a warm, cleanly-written and simply but powerfully-drawn book about how to understand and raise horses. But it is so much more that it deserves a voyage of discovery when the reader has plenty of time to ponder how things fit together, how we learn, why we do what we do, and how much caring and patience outweigh discipline and over-direction. Camp provides a central clue in a simple paragraph that begins the book: ‘Often, in the evening,’ he says, ‘when the stresses of the day are weighing heavy, I pack it in and head out to the pasture. I’ll sit on my favorite rock, or just stand, with my shoulders slumped, head down, and wait. It’s never long before I feel the magical tickle of whiskers against my neck, the elixir of warm breath across my ear, a restoring rub against my cheek. I have spoken their language and they have responded. And my problems have vanished. This book is for everyone who has never experienced this miracle.’
“He unfolds his love affair with horses gradually, telling how he and his wife Kathleen took in their first equine friend, then another, then another. The bulk of the book deals with what he learned and how transferable it is to humans, if we will listen: teaching and training with love, patience, understanding of individual worth, an absence of fear, an appreciation of different environments, a willingness to try and try again. Each animal is an experience, and the Camps learn something from them all.
“The tightly-written, simply-designed chapters often read like short stories that flow from the heart, not just from the corral. Along the trail the reader learns that barriers can be good things, even instructive; that not all creatures learn the same way; that affection gets better results than dictation.
“That’s not a bad lesson or two for anyone in the herd.” – Jack L. Kennedy – The Joplin Independent
Tributes to Cash
From Helen Miller, UK, living in Italy
“There is a wave of shared grief and shock around the world. We loved Cash so much from afar. It was Cash and you I thought about in my round-pen, trying to learn with my horses, getting it wrong, them being bemused and kind, the moments when together we learned something small, the wonderful first moments of harmony when we got things right. It was Cash and you thought of when I scooped the DE into their bowls, Cash and you when I walked around the meadow examining my first-ever low-sugar meadow hay. It is like our leader, our spiritual guide vanished before I had time to realise I loved him and to thank him. Although of course I know he is still there. Cash lives on. Together both of you have touched and changed so many lives. You are touching them now and we are all changed by your extra special relationship. He will always be with you, and we are so lucky that you shared him with us. Candles have been lit in Italy for you and Cash today.” – Helen Miller
From Pam Rangel in Texas
I’m SO sorry, Joe. Cash touched countless hearts and made us better horse people. Thank you for sharing him with the world. There will never be another Cash. I’m comforted in knowing he is now pain-free and watching over you and his herd from heaven. Rest easy, Big Boy. You did your job well. Prayers to Kathleen and you Joe. Cash will always be in your soul. I have never seen a relationship quite like yours. You two were meant to conquer the world, and you did. He was an exceptional teacher and you as his interpreter. What a pair you two were! I know words can’t ease the pain in your heart, but you are not alone. Millions mourn with you. – Pam Rangel
From Nina Black Reid in Washington DC
My heart aches and hurts for you and Kathleen…and your beautiful, extraordinary Cash… I am so happy that I was able to meet him. He changed all of our lives, and the lives of so many horses. Cash was a gift from God. I will dream of him tonight. He is forever in our hearts…. Nina
From Dawn Hubbard in California
Cash, more so than any human, lived a life larger than life. He will always be an icon, a hero, a gift from God, and he did what he was sent to do…change your life, as you did his, and ours. The pictures you and Kathleen shared brought him alive for us. We can never say thank you enough. He will find Malachi and nuzzle him and play with him and teach him “the ropes” of being a horse above all horses! He knew you were loving him and with him. He would want you to go on, and he will always be at your side, smiling for a treat. Just feel him! – Dawn Hubbard
From Beatrice Mete in Maryland
Please know that there are thousands of us out there that loved Cash right along with you. If it were not for Cash, you would never have touched me in the way you did. You would have not affected so many people’s lives and many horse’s lives as well! I hope that you are able to carry on the wonderful work you have done bettering the world for horses! – Beatrice Mete
From Bedlam Farm
To Cash – Well Done Lad. Your job was so very important. And you just did it so well.
From Susan Boyd in Florida
Cash is a beautiful soul and you brought him to life for me and so many others. My life and the way I care for my horses has changed because of Cash and what he brought into your life. Know that you are loved by many and Cash will live in my memory forever. Love from me and my herd who have all benefited because you and Cash met. – Susan Boyd
From Jane Ames in NY
There will never be another Cash, but there will be another horse – and another – and another. All who will need you just as much – maybe more. Until then, know that you and Kathleen are cared for and prayed for by so many people across the world – and rest in that – and allow us to “row the boat” for awhile.
From Anita Large
Cash touched the lives of many, mine included. Your book opened my life to a whole new world about horses… I loved reading about Cash. And was hoping to get to meet him one day, along with the rest of the herd. You’re in my prayers, Joe and Kathleen, at this difficult time.
From Michelle Elford in South Africa
The Soul of a Horse changed my life forever as did you and Cash.
From Susan Isherwood in Queensland, Australia
So sorry Joe Camp. This is the worst news. Your experiences with Cash have helped millions. He was indeed that one special horse for us all.
From Sandra Perkins
I am so sorry to hear about Cash, but I just want to remind you that he is now among the few documented horses that will live on forever in the experiences of others, because of you. Many horses and humans are happy now because of the experiences with Cash you have shared through your books and articles.
From Karen McCalpin in Carolla, NC
Your loss is felt and shared by the thousands who know Cash through you.
From Jane Antcliff in Sheffield UK
You made Cash immortal and his life and memory will continue forever more.
From Trish M
Our heartfelt prayers are with you, Kathleen, Cash, and your herd. You have all touched our lives in ways that are beyond expression…unless you look into the eyes of our horses…and then you know. Cash will live on forever in the lives and hearts of many. He is immortal, and, will continue to be an inspiration in the lives of so many humans and horses that there just aren’t words to express how far reaching. What you shared together, and, shared with all of us… even though we never met personally, I feel as though we have in spirit. Cash will walk with you always. His heart will go on and on.
From Geert Oostvogel in the UK
What a loss this must be for you. I have followed Cash, you and the others ever since I read The Soul of a Horse. It has contributed hugely to the lives of our two horses. And beyond. To how I experience my life. I cried. My deepest sympathy and my empathy in this terrible heart wrenching loss, during these difficult times.
From Diana M. Moorehead
Please know that your work has touched the lives of many and your relationship with Cash stands as a testament to what can be achieved when open hearts meet open hearts. Bless you, may God’s peace envelope your heart.
From Yvonne Bishton
You did dance, you and Cash. Oh my did you both dance. A huge thank you to you and Cash – the soul of the horse – as my horses have a much better life. No shoes, no rugs, and living naturally, and I have a wonderful relationship with Lara and Arkle something that was the dream of a little girl over 50 years ago. Thanks to you, and Cash coming into your life, I have achieved my dream.
From Dorothe Doyle in NY
You immortalized Cash with your book and he will be missed around the world.
From Nicole Thompson
Much love and so much thought to you both, and to Cash who has brought so much to people around the world. What a gift of a horse.
From Laura Gifford
My heart is breaking for you. Please know that Cash helped you improve the lives of countless horses, including my own. God bless you and keep you and hold you in the palm of his hand.
From Rebecca Mortimer
Thank you Cash for everything you brought to owner and horse alike through your relationship with Joe and Kathleen. Thank you for inspiring your guardian to write about it all and to help thousands through that process. RIP fine fellow.