While I'm not a follower of any trainers (except perhaps my grandfather
) I do give Buck good marks. Largely because like anyone who's prepared to work successfully with any horse he doesn't teach a "system" or "technique" or create "games" as much as he uses a philosophy on how to deal with the horses (after all, each of them is an individual, but with certain things in common).
As for saying "no" to training a horse. I have no problem with that. While I've be lucky enough to have never had a horse I couldn't turn around I'll also be the first to say that I've seen horses that you couldn't afford to get me to work on.
e.g. There are horses that for whatever reason (there can be more than one reason including being mentally unstable....yes, some horses, like any animal can be off in the head) are not worth the risk to "fix". When I was in my early 20's I might have been willing to risk it with some, but I'd have had to wait until my grandfather had died, because he would have given me hell for it (and might have shot the horse if he thought it would save me from the risk). A horse can kill you with little effort so there are cases where putting it down could be the safest and best thing to do for the well being of people and/or other animals.
In addition why would someone want to commit the time needed to train a very risky horse when for the same time and effort they could work with several horses that will show much better results.
I have to respect any trainer who will come out and be bluntly honest about it vs those (and I won't give names
) who will put out a lot of BS, say that their "system" will work (and make out like anyone "they" train can do it).
Give me an honest person who tells it like it is and knows when to say it's not worth it. I'll respect the honesty over the BS.