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The Faraway Horses Hardcover – Dec 1 2001


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; First edition (Dec 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585743526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585743520
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,308,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Buck Brannaman is no ordinary horseman."--Smithsonian magazine

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Nearly every week of the year, Buck Brannaman is on the road, conducting horsemanship clinics in which he teaches horse owners how to better understand and work with their animals, creating a relationship based on trust and respect rather than force. Buck's skills have become legendary in fact, the main character in Robert Redford's film The Horse Whisperer was based largely on him, and he served as the director's technical adviser during the shoot."These principles are really about life - about living your life so you're not at war with the horse, or with other people," Buck writes. At heart, this rich and rewarding autobiography is ultimately a prescription for living a harmonious existence - whether it involves horses or not. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Franscell, Author of 'The Darkest Night' on Jan. 22 2002
Format: Hardcover
Distance is everything to Buck Brannaman.
Time and space have made all the difference. Whether it's the 30 years since his harrowing childhood, or the nearly imperceptible space that constitutes trust between a horse and its rider, it's all been important to the horse-whisperer whose life and work helped breathe vitality into a gentle method of training animals. Now he's telling his own story in "The Faraway Horses."
Brannaman recounts his sometimes horrifying, occasionally funny adventures. He describes his training technique, built on trust and respect, not force. He writes about horses he's learned from, including Bif, the rank outlaw who became one of Buck's most trusted mounts. And he tells of owners he's taught, including the trainer who abused her show Arabians to make them look "spirited."
But the roots of his special connection with troubled and wild horses lie in his own childhood.
"I want people to be entertained, but there are some real stark realities out there," Brannaman says. "I hope it just doesn't go away after they close the book and put it on their shelf, but that the book's with them, maybe for the rest of their lives."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maureen kennedy on Dec 2 2001
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This book is about one phenominal human being who truly lives his life for the betterment of horses everywhere. Drawing from his early life experiences, he has figured a way to show horses that he is a partner and not a dominance in their lives.
Having spent four days at one of his clinics, I can attest that the man is honest to the core when it comes to his passion, the horse!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deen Wall on Nov. 24 2001
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I only know Buck Brannaman through his videos. He is indeed the "real deal" as a horseman and after reading his book he is the "real deal" as a human being. If anybody ever had a reason or an excuse to be a bitter, resentful, and hostile person it is Buck Brannaman. While he freely gives credit to those that helped shape him both as a person and as a horseman Buck is the one who ultimately decided to use his childhood experiences as motivation
for peace instead of violence. An inspirational book for anyone who has ever blamed their past for their stagnation.
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This book is not only on how to help horses but on character,from begining to end it gives us lessons on how to help not only the troubled horse ,but on our own troubles as well .
We see from early on what shaped and formed the man of today,the abuse he and his brother suffered as children,the long road to true unity with the horse,the faliures along the way ,the tragedy of his first marriage and how as we say in the horse world he got back up and got on again ,all along we can see were many people would have thrown in the towel and quit ,Buck did not and in so doing showed strength and character .This is all written in a unvarnished way that I find refreshing
I found myself near tears at times and laughing at others ,some of what has happened in his life hits close to home for myself,as a lifelong horseman I have struggled to find unity and peace with the horse ,I have lost loved ones and struggled on,in reading his book I found new ways to deal with some of lifes problems and with my own love of the horse.
To say I enjoyed the book is an understatement,it will be something I will go back to time after time and I hope others will also.You do not have to own horse or be from the horse world to find something in this book that will help you either with your family or life its self.
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What a WONDERFUL book. For those of us who know Buck and have ridden with him, this books gives us some of the answers about why he does things the way he does with horses. For those folks who have seen Buck don't know him very well, this book will give you an in depth look into the boy who grew up to be one of the finest horsemen in the world today. The book will compell you to seek out one of his clinics and meet him in person! For folks who have no idea why many people go back to ride with Buck again and again, it will help them to understand their friends' and relatives' compulsion to be in his presence.
If you aren't in to horses or horsemanship at all, you will be impressed with his drive an determination to help the horses and truly help the people who want to understand their horses better.
It's just a plain great read, in Buck's own words and his voice, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By faeriedance on Jan. 10 2014
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This is the guy that the movie was loosely based upon and who helped them make the movie by using and training his own horse to perform the tasks they couldn't get the trained horses to do. What a life, but he certainly came out on top and is an inspiration to the rest of us. Very unique guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kla on April 18 2013
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After watching the documentary "Buck", and hearing so many good things about this book. I decided it was time to buy it. It has a lot of in depth detail about Mr Brannaman and the hardships he has had to endure through his life. It was a great read and I recommend it for all horse people to read (And even none horse people).

I could not put the book down once I started to read it. Fantastic read and makes me want to be a better horsewoman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Murray on Jan. 1 2013
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An excellent read about a great man. Buck is so honest about his life and lessons - offering a wonderful example for others.
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