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The Faraway Horses: The Adventures And Wisdom Of One Of America's Most Renowned Horsemen (2003)

The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America's Most Renowned Horsemen (2003)
4.29 of 5 Votes: 3
1585748633 (ISBN13: 9781585748631)
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The Faraway Horses: The Adventures An...
The Faraway Horses: The Adventures And Wisdom Of One Of America's Most Renowned Horsemen (2003)

About book: Taught by the ways of the late Ray Hunt, the man who changed the way riders connected with their horses. Buck believes in the famous words "Gentle in what you do, firm in how you do it". Showing that the ways of abuse, force and fear were unnecessary requirements when training a horse. Showing that patience,love and understanding of these magnificent animals were truly all one needed. Taking Natural Horsemanship farther than anyone would have ever guessed.Going into his dark past it's easy to see how Buck turned into such a gentle handler, seeing the horses not only a living,breathing,pain feeling creatures but as a friend.He was, like many horses, literally beat into submission. Pain was the only communicator between him and his father.He now uses that as the foundation of why he does what he does, the way he does it. Horse owners will not learn much in the sense of a step-by-step training manual but in the deeper sense. Where the mental training starts and how it never really ends.Every horse owner, trainer, lover should read his books and watch his film. It brings so much more to light.A sad,brilliant,funny,loving,heart wrenching documentary that will leave the reader feeling every human emotion possible.

It is time for me to admit that I love storytelling. This book won't win any prize for eloquent writing, but I am certain I will read it again and again.I saw the film "Buck" last weekend after impatiently waiting for it to open at the local art house theatre. I immediately looked for and ordered this book.When I arrived home from work to find the book had been delivered, I started reading it immediately. I only put it down for a moment or two.The bigger lessons to be learned about human behavior are the things that really struck me about this man and his story. I am an animal lover for sure, but I know very little about horses. After reading "The Faraway Horses," I now know more about horses, yes, but mostly I know more about myself and will likely look to this book again when I want to better understand my relationships with animals AND with people.
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Despite the harrowing details, there is enough wry humor and understatement to balance out the mood of Brannaman's narrative. His bare-bones account of his painful formative years, from abuse to enforced orphanhood to the separation by his first wife Adrian, is marked by spare language, self-control, and even self-deprecation - trademarks of the American Midwestern temperament. There is something almost quaint about his outlook on life and his trove of back country wisdoms, as if he harks back to an era long gone. Judging from the photographic documents, he sure likes to dress for the part. But that's really how he is; those folksy apothegms obviously come naturally to him.
Madeline Benoit
I'm a huge fan of Buck Brannaman, and reading his autobiography was essential to me loving him even more.I have a deep respect and appreciation for what the man does with horses, and I feel as if this book was an excellent way to illustrate both Brannaman's origins and his continued goal to help horses with "people problems".While Brannaman did tend to use phrases over, I can't criticism him for that. He's a horseman first, an educator second and an author third. While his novel's technical writing would be unlikely to knock your socks off, the message is beautiful. For Brannaman fans, this book is essential to understanding who the man is and where he comes from.
Buck Brannaman is one tough cookie. He’s been to hell and back (more than once, actually) and lived to tell about it. What’s more, he’s not only chosen to live his life for himself, but to save countless lives along the way— horse and human alike. Now that’s some damn good karma. I’ve long idolized Buck— both as a horseman and as a person. Gentle and quiet but firm, an unimaginably hard worker, humble as can be, and he’s a horse lover. That is definitely my kind of humanoid! And this thoughtful, easy-to-read memoir has only deepened my respect and admiration for a man who so selflessly dedicates his life to, in his own words, “helping horses with people problems.”
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