"I've started horses since I was 12 years old and have been bit, kicked, bucked off and run over. I've tried every physical means to contain my horse in an effort to keep from getting myself killed. I started to realize that things would come much easier for me once I learned why a horse does what he does. This method works well for me because of the kinship that develops between horse and rider."
In The Faraway Horses, Buck Brannaman shares his renowned methods for horse training and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer, for which he was the technical adviser.
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"Buck Brannaman is part of a lineage of skilled horsemen, and for the horses he works with, it is about trust and understanding, not submission." (Robert Redford)
A friend of mine is a big Buck Brannaman fan and about 14 or 15 years ago took to me to one of his clinics just to watch from the sidelines. I wasn't feeling good that day, but went, and came away wondering why people paid to be at his clinics when there were times he said things that could make their feelings hurt . . . or said things that gave me the impression that he was soured on people due to all that he had to fix in horses. He seemed so grim to me that day.
My friend was disappointed that I didn't view Buck Brannaman the same way she did. And, I couldn't understand her view either. I was fairly new to horses then, and since then have learned a lot more about them. And, about myself.
I enjoyed the movie Buck and my friend who won't go to movies went after I raved about it to her and she enjoyed it too. Said she was going to buy the dvd.
So, I had listened to two of Mark Rashid's audio books and decided to listen to The Faraway Horses since someone left a feedback that the two were very similar.
Not sure I agree with them being "very" similar after listening to this book, but their paths were somewhat parallel. Buck Brannaman's path was pretty rocky from the start and I had just started the book where he told of his childhood. I went to sleep and woke in the middle of the night, so upset and disturbed by the abuse he and his brother had experienced. Not just the physical abuse, but also the other terrible things, such as the slaughter of his friend the bull. The book is pretty powerful in parts, having an impact with such revelations.
His journey has been interesting, and I have a better understanding of his public side, and appreciate all he has done to shine light on abusive practices . . . he doesn't pussyfoot around when a person needs to be told something when the telling will improve things for horses.
I knew some of what had happened in the Arabian show world and used to write about it and even called the Arabian Horse Association when I witnessed some things, but the story Buck told about the Arabian stallion in Scottsdale was sad and enlightening.
There is so much I need to learn about horses, and myself, and I appreciate and respect Buck Brannaman sharing his journey, knowledge, and experiences. It was a glimpse iinto a human being who is making the world a better place, and I wish him all the best.
I love to get lost in the world's of writers, but don't have much time to read. I discovered Audible and now can listen whenever I want!
Such a wonderful book. I have loved horses my whole life and consider myself to be a horsewoman, though I am no pro. I am also acutely aware of the impact that horses have had on my own life, as well as others around me. So, I elected "The Faraway Horses" to read because I had seen "Buck," the motion picture that was out last year and wanted to know more about this fascinating man. As I listened to the stories about his life and the impact he has had on the lives he has touched, it was profoundly emotional for me. This is a story about someone's life who happens to be intertwined with horses. If you're looking for training tools, this is not the place for it (although he does share a few tips); it's really a feel-good story. Even if you know nothing about horses, this is a book for everyone - a good story with some good life lessons.
YES! This is simply a perfect audio choice for any horse lover, for any believer that there ARE a few truly good humans in this world, for anyone wanting to feel their spirits lifted again. John Pruden reads this book so well its as if he actually was Buck himself.
Hmmm I think Buck and Mark Rashid have A LOT in common.
I loved listening to John Pruden narrate this book, his smooth voice and slight cowboy accent was a perfect choice.
Everyone and anyone who has interacted with a horse should read or listen to this book. OLD and YOUNG a like. Anyone who reads or listens to this book will find themselves looking deep into their own lives, wanting to be a better person, defintely wanting to be a better horseman, wanting to be a better person. Bravo!
While I have not read the print version of this book, I firmly believe that the excellent narration adds something to the experience.
This book is unlike any other book I have read. It is an engaging mix of austobiography, horse training advice and general philosophy woven together in a conversational style.
The narrator perfectly captures the conversational style of the writing. The book is not so much read, as spoken. It's easy to imagine the author is just sitting at my kitchen table telling about things he has experienced.
I could have easily listened to the book all day, but I resisted this temptation, partly in order to make the book last longer.
There are people in this world, who choose to use negative eyperiences in their lives to create positive experiences for others. I think that is the underlying message of this book, that you can get through the bad things and use them to help yourself and others. There is a lot of hope in this book, and a lot of encouragement for anyone who may be struggling.
The experience of why Buck understands how the horses think. And, I thought it was only me.
I don't know John Pruden from Adam, but he was great at his reading of the book.
There are lots of Clinicians out there telling you what to do to train a horse. There are very few of them who actually tell you what the horse thinks and why, and they understand, because they've been in that horse's hooves and know what true fear is and how encouragement, not coddling, can turn a fearful horse, like a fearful child, into a productive companion, not a pet nor a broken slave, but a trusted partner. Like anything or anyone else, the horse wants to be understood, wants to understand you and wants to be treated fairly while this learning process is going on.
Buck is a survivor. Horses are survivors, whether they live in the wild or in our back yards. They must choose to be with us and we must figure out how to make them want to make the choice to want to be with us. Then, a relationship can happen. People must earn this relationship. You can beat your kids, your horse, or anyone until they are broken, if you're big, mean and strong enough. It takes understanding and patience to help a horse become your partner. All Buck does is say, This is what the horse thinks, help him to see things the way they could be.
What's not to like! This story follows the movie pretty closely but as with all books contains more info than a movie would. Some parts we're tough to hear about, horse abuse, the abuse Buck and his brother suffered but there's ALOT to be learned from Buck's way of dealing with it all.....The world would be a MUCH BETTER PLACE if more people were like him!
How he overcame all the adversity, especially when he had to deal with a man who severely beat his horse as a court order. SO many life lessons to be learned in that one story!
No, this was the first one. By the end you think it's Buck talking. He has a wonderfully soothing voice.
Too many to fit in this little box!
Listen with an open mind.....there's a wealth of learning to take with you after listening to this book. It will improve your life and everyone around you if you heed the lessons Buck teaches.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
I've had horses for years and I learned a few new things from Buck! Would recommend!
Everything felt so real and yet so life affirming. Buck Brannaman manages to infuse even the darkest times in his life with a warmth that will break your heart without crushing it completely. and John Pruden does a marvellous job reading it.
This man is simply inspiring. I think we could all learn something from Buck.
This was my first one but I'd be happy to give his others a try too.
It's not just a book for horse lovers. I don't think you actually learn much about horsemanship in this book. You can take away valuable lessons about life though and I suppose we can all benefit from that.
"Another great book for horse lovers!"
This was a great book about all aspects of the author's life and he laid out 'the good, the bad and the ugly' bits without judgement or any desire for sympathy. You can't help but admire the man, given the awful childhood he had!
Interwoven with his life's story was a fascinating insight Into his work, some of the characters he has met and situations he's faced whilst helping out with horses. I perhaps favour the gentler approach of the likes of Mark Rashid, but still really enjoy Buck Brannaman's writing and am sure he's done a huge amount to help the horses he's met.
I would definitely recommend this book to anybody interested in horsemanship; the book was nicely written, the stories were interesting and I really enjoyed the narration.
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