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post #11 of 51 Old 07-16-2013, 01:35 PM
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I like him. He's a simple guy, working with horses. No hype no BS.
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post #12 of 51 Old 07-19-2013, 04:23 AM
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As silly as it sounds for a 44 year old man to say he has a hero, Buck is mine. I, like him, suffered some serious abuse as a child and as a result I was angry and abusive to everyone and everything for a long time.
I was lucky enough to audit one of his clinics many years ago before he was even very well known (like 1988 maybe). I had read about him in Western Horseman and shortly after saw that he was doing a clinic not far from me. So I went and saw him. His frankness and honesty about his path and his personal choice to let go and survive his past and come out on the other side, made me reevaluate myself. I changed (mostly), he says the horses saved his life, I say his clinic saved mine. I was on a dangerous path heading straight to the penitentiary, and God put him in my path. I have never seen him again, and in fact never spoke to him. So when I say he is my hero, it has nothing to do with horses and everything to do with his spirit, his decency, and his humanity. That is all.
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post #13 of 51 Old 07-20-2013, 03:55 PM
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I think it would be really interesting to attend one of his clinics. I am not a big fan of any one trainer. They do all have an angle but he is not trying sell me his magic stick and string or horse personality test, which I respect. I like his straight forward but compassionate responses to situations. I think it would be really interested to see what he has to say about my horse and myself.
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post #14 of 51 Old 07-20-2013, 04:46 PM
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I have seen his movie "Buck" it was really good. I looked for some of his training Video's after that, but they have a big price tag and I have a small budget, from what I have seen in his movie, I like what I see and want to see more.
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post #15 of 51 Old 07-20-2013, 05:58 PM
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I was lucky. I got " the making of the bridle horse" set for 75$ off CL
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post #16 of 51 Old 07-20-2013, 09:48 PM
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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.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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post #17 of 51 Old 07-21-2013, 12:15 AM
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I really like Buck. I also like Clinton Anderson's way of starting colts. I watched Downunder Horsemanship like 7 years ago, and recently found it again and wow it's changed! Haha. I take bits and pieces from multiple trainers, but I love Buck's blunt-to-the-point approach.
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post #18 of 51 Old 07-27-2013, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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I think what's got me mainly interested in Buck is from what I've seen his techniques are good, but even more so, nobody really seems to have anything bad to say about him! It is soooooo nice to be able to talk about a trainer where their method works and nobody has anything bad to say! Lol

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post #19 of 51 Old 07-31-2013, 05:28 AM
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Some people I know get all up in a hissy because he said to put the stallion down. The horse had BRAIN DAMAGE! He was smart enough to NOT train that horse. Some horses are hard enough to work with, but its near impossible if your not working with a full deck. I Like Clinton's ground work (not to the extreme I have seen it taken too though), and I love Buck's methods :)
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post #20 of 51 Old 08-03-2013, 07:19 PM
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Excellent horseman, coach, and colt starter as well as someone who creates beautiful finished horses. Probably one of the best if not the best in the business when it comes to turning difficult or troubled horses around and getting them on a good path. Very versatile with a diverse skill-set and an encyclopedic knowledge of horses. For the serious student of horsemanship, hanging around Buck Brannaman will make you better. His personality is what it is and will work for some and not others - for me the ability of the teacher takes precedence over their personality but that may not be true of the next person. That all depends on what you're looking to gain from the experience. For someone who is always looking to improve their own abilities with horses though, Buck Brannaman is not to be missed!

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