Wild Horse Tales (formerly Horse Tales Literacy Project) is an innovative partnership of educators, businesses, volunteers, educational foundations, and staff members focused on promoting literacy through the winning combination of live horses and classic horse literature.


Combining Forces

Wild Horse Tales has combined its efforts with Wild Horse Rescue Center

Wild Horse Rescue Center

to continue to bring the quality school-based programs developed around Walter Farley’s classic books and adding a new dimension with additional horse books to bring exciting stories and knowledge about the horses that have been a great part of our American history.  Programs consist of curriculum-based literacy for 1st, 4th and 5th grades. All of the Wild Horse Tales literacy programs are age-appropriate and aligned with both state and national standards in reading and other curriculum areas.

A Dream

Mark Miller and Tim Farley, the son of the author of The “Black Stallion’ books, Walter Farley, (www.theblackstallion.com) shared a common interest in encouraging children to read. Tim knew the influence his father’s books have had on millions of children and Mark grew up (and remains) in the company of horses, so together they went on to eventually create what was just until recently called the Horse Tales Literacy Project, Inc. (which was dissolved July 7, 2015). Both Mark and Tim are passionate about reading and wanted to see the concept of horses and books remain as an option to the 1st, 4th and 5th grade children. Being a part of Wild Horse Rescue Center, Inc. makes this happen!


  • Continuing to inspire 1st, 4th and 5th grade children to read
  • Grow each year in many states across the nation and Canada
  • Maintain a loyal volunteer base consisting of partners with local and national companies including Wal-Mart and many othersPartner with equine associations, therapeutic riding centers, rotaries, junior leagues, senior centers and other public, private and civic community organizations working together to improve student reading abilities
  • Establish partnerships with the YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other youth organizations to introduce turnkey embedded literacy programs
  • Expanding our business partnerships in all areas.  New programs launching in other states


From the past and present:

  • Refinement of the program curricula, ensuring that all programs meet both state and national 21st Century Core Curriculum Standards
  • Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida developed curriculums which are used in conjunction with Wild Horse Tale’s curriculums
  • University of Arizona/Catalina Foothills School District developed the curriculum for The Black Stallion Returns
  • New curriculum being developed from the education department in Arizona to bring new and exciting books into the program
  • Expanding our business partnerships in all areas  New programs launching in other states
  • Received recognition as a “Daily Point of Light” by President George W. Bush in 2001
  • Featured on the ABC Nightly News as the “best” motivational reading program for school-aged children
  • Recognized by The Heart of Florida United Way as a major influence on Florida’s children and literacy
  • Grown from fewer than 5,000 students to tens of thousands each year in many states across the nation and Canada