Welcome to our RESOURCES page. We hope the following information will be of service to those interested in furthering their understanding, knowledge and enjoyment of wild horses.
WILD HORSE RESEARCH:
The Centre for Compassionate Conservation The Centre for Compassionate Conservation at UTS (University of Technology Sydney) is top notch. They have an interdisciplinary approach and are all about the animals contributions. We love them.
On our HOME page, you will find a ‘Blogroll’ towards the bottom left hand column. These are links to governmental entities, NGOs and private organizations worldwide engaged in wild horse research, education and preservation. A light roll over the name with your cursor will reveal a brief of who/what the person/organization is or does. Some organizations have open source papers available on their websites, a few of which are listed under the Books/ Readings section below. As pertains to all listings and information on our website, their appearance does not necessarily constitute an endorsement and it is the responsibility of readers/subscribers to do their diligence. The list will be continually updated and revised at the discretion of WHJ. Do let us know if you are aware of or are conducting wild horse research and would like to talk to us about posting a link or your work.
WILD HORSE SANCTUARIES/RE-HOMING
Some sanctuaries are listed under the ‘Blogroll’ on the HOME page although more can be located through organizations that are consortiums or alliances. For instance, the Australian Brumby Alliance website link under the Blogroll on the HOME page will list member sanctuaries throughout Australia. Same with the American Wild Horse Preservation Society. However, in countries like Mongolia and some European countries, access to wild horses is given through the government via the National Park system and/or research related entities and conservation reserves so you would need to contact them via the links provided under the Blogroll on the HOME page.
For domestic, older horses over 20+ years old, we have vetted and support Calan Horse Sanctuary in Western Australia. It is top notch although we encourage you to make a substantial donation to CHS regardless. It runs primarily on the goodness of the founder, Alan Gent who is a pensioner. Click here for more information: http://calan.cavalletti.com.au/
WILD HORSE TRAINING/GENTLING
See links under ‘Blogroll’ on HOME page however Carlos Tabernaberri of Whispering Acres is the best in our opinion. No bits, whips, spurs or round pens. The first thing he ever said to me was ‘Never hit your horse’. He also understands the brumby heart, mind and soul.
BOOKS /READING MATERIAL:
WHJ often comes across books we find interesting and thought provoking that range in subject matter from horse training to scientific research and children’s stories. We’ve recommended a few of them here and will continually be adding to this list as it is not complete (so check back often!) To locate books, try your local bookshop or library first. Many are also listed on www.amazon.com
A Lifetime of Soundness: The Keys to Optimal Horse Health, Lameness Rehabilitation and the High Performance Barefoot Horse by Hiltrud Strasser, 2000. Strasser was one of the early pioneers in studying the hoof of the wild horse to benefit domesticated horses. Largely thought of as ‘experimental’ at the time, this book is worth a read.
Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin, 2010. Grandin, author of many books on the subject of animal communication and welfare as it relates to her autism , including Animals in Translation and other books, speaks to what it means to give an animal a good life. “My theory is the environment animals live in should activate their positive emotions as much as possible, and not activate their negative emotions any more than necessary. If we get the animal’s emotions right, we will have fewer problem behaviors,” she says. Temple’s life has also been captured in the film, ‘Temple Grandin’.
Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, by Sunaura Taylor, 2017, The New Press.
“How much of what we understand of ourselves as “human” depends on our physical and mental abilities—how we move (or cannot move) in and interact with the world? And how much of our definition of “human” depends on its difference from “animal”?
Drawing on her own experiences as a disabled person, a disability activist, and an animal advocate, author Sunaura Taylor persuades us to think deeply, and sometimes uncomfortably, about what divides the human from the animal, the disabled from the nondisabled—and what it might mean to break down those divisions, to claim the animal and the vulnerable in ourselves, in a process she calls “cripping animal ethics.”
The Black Stallion (series) by Walter Farley, 1941-1983. Called the most famous fictional horse of the century by The New York Times, a wild Black Stallion meets and develops a bond with a boy named Alec and the adventures begin. Subsequent books include the back story of the Black Stallion as well as his offspring. A movie was also made of the same title.
Broken: A Love Story-Horses, Humans and Redemption on Wind River Indian Reservation by Lisa Jones, 2009. Journalist Lisa Jones visited Arapaho horse trainer Stanford Addison, a quadriplegic, over the course of five years to understand his unique ability to communicate with and gentle wild horses and discovers more of herself in the process.
Brumby: A celebration of Australia’s wild horses, by Kathryn Massey and Mae Lee Sun, 2013, Exisle Publications. Read Trooper’s story and those of brumbies all over Australia who have a tale to tell. This is not just a collection of stories, it is a history of the Aussie relationship with this legendary horse since the horse first arrived in 1788 with the first fleet.
Cimarron: More Horse Tails by Anne J. Thomas, Rusty J Press. Can only be ordered directly through Cimarron Sky-Dog Horse Rescue in New Mexico via this link: http://www.cimarronskydog.org/book.php
Empowered Horses by Imke Spilker, 2008. A German linguist, Spilker established the Communicative Horses Project to give horses their say in the horse-human relationship. This book was the culmination of work she has done in learning to listen to “horses whisper to humans.”
Equitation Science by Dr. Paul McGreevy and Dr. Andrew McLean, 2010. Dr. McGreevy has long been an advocate of animals, serves on many boards and is based at the University of Sydney. This book looks to the natural behavior of the horse in understanding how to best train them and gives reasons why. Dr. McGreevy has also written other books regarding the humane treatment of animals.
The Forgotten Horses by Tony Stromberg, (forward by Robert Redford) 2008. A photo book of wild and domesticated horses that reveals their courageous and noble natures despite being abandoned, abused, neglected and found living in sanctuaries across the United States. Stromberg has also authored another photo book titled Spirit Horses.
Fossil Horses: Systematics, Paleobiology and Evolution of the Family Equidae by Bruce J. McFadden, 1992. A factual and philosophical look at 58 million years of evolution of fossil horses from a variety of disciplines. This book received positive reviews from many scientific journals. An online exhibit of fossil horses also exists at Fossil Horses in Cyberspace.
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble, 1978 Books for Young Readers edition/2001 revised. A story about a young Native American girl who makes friends with a stallion and would rather live amongst the wild horses. Winner of the Caldecott Award for children’s books.
Handle With Care: Making friends with animals by Dr. Paul McGreevy, Illustrated by Tom Jellett, 2002. This book was distributed throughout primary schools in New South Wales, Australia by the Veterinary Science Foundation and the NSW Department of Education Schools Animal Ethics Committee to help kids and parents to “better understand, love and enjoy companion animals”, including horses. As McGreevy says, “It is often our behavior that often causes problems when we are with animals.”
The Horse: The epic history of our noble companion, Wendy Williams, 2015. The best book written on the behavioural ethology, ecology and everything else related to the horse. This gets 5 stars!!!
The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson, 2009. A true story, Isaacson was willing to do whatever was necessary to find ways to help heal his austistic son so they embark on a journey to Mongolia to seek out shamans, encountering a special horse in the process. A documentary film of the same name is available on DVD.
Horseowners Guide to Natural Hoofcare by Jaime Jackson, 2002. Jackson was responsible for helping the Houston, Texas, mounted police horses (the 2nd largest mounted division in the U.S.) go barefoot, saving the department thousands of dollars in farrier and vet care. Much of the research came out of data on wild horses.
Horses With a Mission: Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service by Allen and Linda Anderson, 2009. Through their courage and kindness, both wild and domesticated equines have assisted and become inspiration and guides to humans in this collection of stories.
It’s Not I Who Seek The Horse, the horse seeks me by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, 2010, and Dancing With Horses by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, 2001, What Horses Reveal by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, 2004. Hempfling has worked with wild horses throughout Europe and writes extensively on establishing leadership through working at liberty-starting with looking at and knowing oneself in approaching relationship with a horse. DVDs of Hempfling’s work are also available.
JB Andrew: Mustang Magic by Judy Andrekson, 2008. One in a series of True Horse Stories by Andrekson, this book is about the first and only mustang to become a champion dressage horse.
Honest Horses: Wild Horses in the Great Basin by Paula Morin, 2006. Oral historian and photographer Morin interviews a range of people from veterinarians to BLM (Bureau of Land Managmement) officials, cowboy poets and trainers, etc., to provide a comprehensive history of the wild horse situation in the Western U.S.
The Kikkuli Text, 1400 BCE. While not specifically related to wild horses, this ancient text, originally written on tablets, is considered the oldest written training manual on horses. Authored by Kikkuli, ‘the horse trainer from the land of Mittani’ this text is available to read online courtesy of the Long Riders Guild at: http://www.lrgaf.org/Peter_Raulwing_The_Kikkuli_Text_MasterFile_Dec_2009.pdf
Late Surviving Megafauna Exposed By Ancient DNA in Frozen Soil: Extinct Mammoth and Horse Lingered Thousands of Years Longer Than Expected. The American Museum of Natural History along with other institutions, worked on a research project in Siberia and Alaska to uncover ancient DNA. Some of their findings are available online http://www.amnh.org/science/papers/macphee_ancient_2009.php (For a list of papers, see HOME page under Blogroll for a link to American Museum of Natural History)
Metal in the Mouth: the abusive effects of bitted bridles, W. Robert Cook, Hiltrud Strasser, Sabine Kells, 2003. Cook, et al have scientifically documented the cruel effects of bits on horse behavior, health and performance. Dr. Cook, Emeritus Professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the most prestigious veterinary schools in the world and also a veterinarian, has studied the skulls of wild horses and compared them to domestic horses who wear bits.
Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West, by Deanne Stillman, reprint 2009. Winning ‘Best Book of 2008’ by the LA Times and rave reviews from the Atlantic Monthly, The Economist and others, Stillman looks at the long complicated history of the wild horse in America and the attempts to eradicate it.
Naked Liberty by Caroline Resnick, 2005. Resnick grew up studying wild horses and went on to train both wild and domestic horses using behavior she learned while watching their ways. She also advocates for the preservation and protection of wild mustangs through her work at Return to Freedom wild horse sanctuary in the U.S.
On Horsemanship by Xenophon, 350 BC. Once considered the oldest known manual on horsemanship (until the Kikkuli Text was discovered- listed above), this ancient historical text speaks to the treatment of horses and is quite an interesting read although not specifically related to wild horses. Available in an open format online at http://www.fullbooks.com/On-Horsemanship.html
The New Wild: Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation by Fred Pearce, 2016. Climate change has changed the world forever. Designations such as feral, invasive and introduced, no longer fly in the face of planetary destruction caused by humans and that has forced species to transmigrate. This is another ‘must read’ as it will give you an overview of why the horse is so important in the process of restoration biodiversity.
Riding Free: Bitless, Bridleless or Bareback, by Andrea and Marcus Eschbach, 2011 (Trafalgar Square Books)
Savin’ All My Love For You by CuChullaine O’Reilly FRGS, The Long Riders Guild. A research article written on how wild horses became a grossly significant economic necessity in the rise of the pet food industry. http://www.lrgaf.org/slaughter/savin.htm A must read for anyone wondering where the wild (or domestic) horses go when taken to slaughter. (Note: the U.S. currently has no in-country horse slaughter facilities although do transport to countries that do- Mexico and Canada)
Say It Out Loud: The Journey of a Real Cowboy by Adam Sutton, 2007. Winner of Equitana ‘Way of the Horse’ championship in 2010 in Melbourne, Australia, Sutton recounts his life growing up and the challenges he faced in coming to terms with being gay and eventually coming out. Interwoven in the story is his work with and love of horses. He is one of the people responsible for the last hour rescue of ‘Trooper’, the brumby, from an abattoire outside of Sydney.
The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell, 1958. Mitchell wrote this book as the first in a series of children’s novels depicting life and the landscape in Australia while telling the story of a brumby who is hunted down because of his beautiful palomino color. The tales are based in the Snowy Mountains (where Trooper was captured) and rural Australia. The series went on to become one of the most popular books in Australia.
Sky-Dog: Some Horse Tails by Anne J. Thomas, Rusty J Press. Can only be ordered directly through Cimarron Sky-Dog Horse Rescue in New Mexico via this link: http://www.cimarronskydog.org/book.php
Spirit of the Horse: The New Myths of Equus by Carol Devereux, 2010. Using mythology and history as a basis, Devereux reminds people of the ancient wisdom carried within horses and how they can lead humans to emotional and spiritual growth.
Song for the Horse Nation: Horses in Native American Cultures, National Museum of the American Indian, 2006 (Fulcrum Publishing)
The Tao of Equus: A Woman’s Journey of Healing and Transformation Though The Way of the Horse by Linda Kohanov, 2001, and Riding Between The Worlds: Expanding our Potential Through the Way of the Horse, 2007. Kohanov is the founder of Epona Equestrian Services, an equine based therapy center that works with the therapeutic potential in the horse- human relationship. She also has a forthcoming book titled The Power of the Herd.
They Sang for Horses: The Impact of the Horse on Navajo and Apache Folklore, Laverne Harrell Clark, 2001 (University Press of Colorado)
Through The Eyes of The Horse by Carlos Tabernaberri, 2006. Noted worldwide, Australian horseman Tabernaberri explains how to communicate with horses through the horses eyes using non violent methods and understanding. He has worked with brumbies for nearly 15 years, adopted a brumby, supports the work of Save The Brumbies and is an advocate for bitless riding.
Walking the Way of the Horse: Exploring the Power of the Horse-Human Relationship, Leif Hallberg, 2008 (iUniverse)
Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: the life of Velma Johnston by David Cruise and Alison Griffiths, 2010. Velma Johnston worked tirelessly on behalf of America’s wild horses and was responsible for the establishment of the landmark legislation in the U.S., The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burros Act (see HOME page for a link to the legislative outline).
The Wild Horse Conspiracy by Craig Downer, 2014 (updated). For 40 years wildlife ecologist Craig Downer has defended wild horses using scientific evidence that establishes their positive and life giving contribution to the earth’s ecosystem. This updated book, first published in 2011, cannot be ignored and will ignite your passion to stand up, by and for these noble and deserving beings.
The Wild Horse of the West by Walker D. Wyman, illustrated by Harold E. Bryant, 1945 (later reprints available). An early accounting of wild horses on the Plains of America and what happened to them.
Wild Horses by George Edward Stanley and Michael Langham Rowe, 2003. For grades 2-4, this book is an introduction to wild horses the world over including those in Australia, Mongolia, Britain, France and the U.S.
The Wisdom of Donkeys: Finding Tranquility in a Chaotic World, by Andy Merrifield, 2010 (Walker & Company)
Zen and Horseback Riding, 3rd edition: Applying the Principles of Posture, Breath and Awareness to Riding Horses, Tom Nagel, 2010 (Ko-gen Publications)
Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working With Horses by Allan J. Hamilton, MD, 2011. A neuroscientist, Hamilton looks at the practical and spiritual components in the horse-human relationship using ‘Chi’ as a basis.
WILD HORSE PHOTOGRAPHERS/ARTISTS
Many, but not all, of the following people are documentary and/or fine art photographers who donate a portion of their sales to wild horse sanctuaries/organizations. For more information, click on the name which will take you to the person’s individual website. Their work is among the best in the world when it comes to bringing forth the beauty, grace, depth and courage inherent in wild horses.
Andrea Maki – Fine art photographer Maki believes in the concept of ‘One’ and is founder of Wild Love Preserve for wild horses.
Arnold Three Feathers Coleman – Wildlife and equine photographers, Coleman and partner Tess Davis are committed to helping the horses at Return to Freedom wild horse sanctuary.
Bristol MacDonald – Fine art equine photographer dedicated to saving America’s wild horses.
Carol Walker– Horse and wildlife photographer and award winning author of Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses.
Esther Grace Simson – Equine photographer dedicated to helping wild mustangs.
Kimerlee Curyl– Fine art equine photography associated with Return to Freedom wild horse sanctuary.
Lynne Pomeranz– Fine art photography specializing in wild horses.
Marcia Baldwin– Fine artist who captures the magnificent spirit of horses and Native American war horse imagery.
Nicola Fanning– Former President of Project Hope Horse Welfare in Australia. She also produced a brumby calendar.
Nicole Emmanuel-Amazing Australian photographer, specializing in fine art horse photography.
Rachel Waller– Award winning wildlife/fine art photographer and mustang activist.
Roy Toft– Photographed Przewalski’s horses in Mongolia for National Geographic.
Tim Flach– His project Equus is absolutely stunning.
Tony Stromberg– He produced several photo books on horses (see above under BOOKS). The Forgotten Horses was a compelling look at the abandoned, abused, neglected horses who were found at sanctuaries and the images are just beautiful.