The Faraway Horses Hardcover – Dec 1 2001
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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.See all Product Description
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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."
for peace instead of violence. An inspirational book for anyone who has ever blamed their past for their stagnation.
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!
I could not put the book down once I started to read it. Fantastic read and makes me want to be a better horsewoman.
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.
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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This book taught me to love horses and to love children better . I just finished this book and I am deeply moved. Buck is a great writer as well as a wonderful, humble human being.Published 21 days ago by Janine Poley
Great personal history from one of the great horse trainers. Lots of life lessons in this book. Excellant read!!Published 4 months ago by Mark Perkin
Good Reading! A kind and generous man who came out of an almost impossible beginning. Buck is a true example of the life forgiveness can give. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elaine Wotherspoon
A great book, that tells the story of Buck Brannaman from a difficult childhood to the sucsessful person he is today.Published on Jan. 13 2013 by horseman
An excellent read about a great man. Buck is so honest about his life and lessons - offering a wonderful example for others.Published on Jan. 1 2013 by Donna M. Murray
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