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The Faraway Horses [Hardcover]

Buck Brannaman
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Dec 1 2001
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. His methods are grounded in communicating with horses, on reading their body language and making them feel secure so horse and rider can achieve a true union. Buck's skill at starting young horses off right and reforming troubled horses has become legendary (indeed, the main character in the best-seller and movie The Horse Whisperer was based largely on him), and part of the reason is that he knows firsthand how a frightened horse feels. Growing up with an abusive father, Buck often feared he wouldn't live through the night. Rescued by a foster home, he found his calling - and salvation - in working with horses. In The Faraway Horses, Buck recounts his moving, inspiring, and often humorous adventures along the way. He writes of the horses he's learned from - including Bif, the dangerous outlaw who eventually became one of Buck's most trusted and useful mounts. He tells of the owners he's taught (from the good to the horrifying, such as the trainer who used abuse to make her show Arabians look "spirited"), and share stories of the horse-rider relationships he's changed. "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 positive and harmonious existence - whether it involves horses or not. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 272 pages, color photos, b&w photos)

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

About the Author

Buck Brannaman is a horse gentler -- not a horse "breaker" -- who has started more than 10,000 young horses in his clinics in the past eighteen years. He served as advisor on the set of Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer. He is also a lifelong trick roper who performed around the world as a youngster. He and his wife, Mary, live with their three daughters on the family ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming.

William Reynolds is the associate producer of Cowboys & Indians magazine and is the author of The Cowboy Hat Book. He lives with his family in Santa Ynez, California.


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5.0 out of 5 stars For the love of horses. Dec 2 2001
Format:Hardcover
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The gentle art of people and horses 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Faraway Horses Nov. 24 2001
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars horse whisperer 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book April 18 2013
By Kla
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars new hero Dec 10 2012
By Jane
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We watched the documentary "Buck", and then bought this book. I read bits of it to my son - he really enjoys it, and so do I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Jan. 13 2013
Format:Paperback
A great book, that tells the story of Buck Brannaman from a difficult childhood to the sucsessful person he is today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Faraway Horses
An amazing story about one individual's healing life journey, all for the deep, respectful love of horses. Buck Brannaman will inspire all who read it.
Published 24 months ago by Annabella
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faraway Horses
I love autobiographies. It is always intriguing how other people live, what shaped their lives and how they think. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2011 by Dutti
4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read
Having seen the movie, some of Buck's biography was familiar to me before reading this. I enjoyed his storytelling voice and evident honesty in disclosing some of his difficult... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2011 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Required Reading
What a great book, I couldn't put it down. Potential buyers should note that this is mostly Buck's life story...with some horse lessons in the mix. Read more
Published on June 21 2003 by Cameron Scholtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned a lot.
I feel like I understand horses more now. What I got out of this book is:
A horse that is considered bad because of something a human did to them gets the bad rap... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars View life from the horse's eyes
I was very fortunate to go to a clinic put on by Buck Brannaman and it was amazing. I read "The Horse Whisperer" which is based on Buck's training methods and when I saw... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by Suzan Hetzer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book from great horseman.
Buck is such a great teacher and in his book he shares his life's lessons. You'll laugh and you'll cry, you may even want to go see one of his clinics. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003 by John L Sanford
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing & real illustration of life and horsemanship.
The story of Buck Brannaman's life is truly phenomenal. From surviving childhood abuse to becoming one of the foremost experts on natural horsemanship, this is a compelling story... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by Horse Lover
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