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The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America's Most Renowned Horsemen: The Adventures and Wisdom of an American Horse Whisperer Paperback – 1 Feb 2005
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When it comes to horses, Buck Brannaman is part guru, part psychologist, and all cowboy. He's a 19th -entury man in a 21st-century world, and his life is at once inspirational and instructive. --Tom Brokaw
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
An engaging read. At Heart, The Faraway Horses is a rich and rewarding autobiography that offers a prescription for living a positive and harmonious life - with horses or even without them. --COWBOYS & INDIANS 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.
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Buck's autobiography follows his life from infant to close to the present day with an emphasis on the characters and personalities in his life. Some of the key personalities are of the 'far away horses' he has come across. The horses Buck describes as 'far away' are at least difficult and more fequently dangerous to handle. There are many sad and joyful moments described in the book; in particular, there are some very difficult times Buck had as a child. These times are described in quite a factual way and not overemotionalized.
Personally I have had a couple of riding lessons many years ago, but am in no way a 'horsey person'. I hugely enjoyed this book because it tells a very interesting story in an engaging manner, which is very accessible to the 'unhorsed' such as me. Buck works with 'difficult' horses who are hard to control and there is a parallel in terms of working with 'difficult' people.
I have not heard the opinions of people who work with horses about this book; my guess is that some will love it and others may not think much of the way Buck has decided to handle horses.
In summary, I think this book is well worth a read and it has my five stars unreservedly. I found it a thought provoking, engaging and honest account. Finally, this book has a short description of the the 'Horse Whisperer' book and film came to be, which I think would appeal to many readers. Would love to write more, but don't want to spoil the book!
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