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    08-03-2013, 07:21 PM
I like him..alot...hes down to what he's doing and is in it for the horses..his techniques have worked with my horse it is not confusing like parelli and other trainers techniques..all in all..hes amazing..and is my rolemodel
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    08-03-2013, 08:19 PM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
i was lucky. I got " the making of the bridle horse" set for 75$ off cl
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    08-03-2013, 08:23 PM
I like his ways a lot.
I use all his methods, they all work and the horses understand them very well. They are responding better than before I used him and they really work for me as well.
    08-04-2013, 12:33 AM
I adore Buck. I'm planning to stalk him one of these days when he does a clinic nearby ;) I love his story, his calmness, his gentleness with horses and how humble he seems.
    08-09-2013, 02:24 PM
That stallion was DANGEROUS!! I've never seen anything like that!
I didn't hear him suggest to put it down..I remember the owner saying so.
Would it be too late to have him gelded? Would it make a difference for him?
And that woman...I was annoyed with her! She seemed like one of those horse collectors!
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    08-09-2013, 02:44 PM
I like Buck a lot. The man knows his business.

As far as why he would turn training a horse down, I think it goes back to one thing he said that really stuck with me "I don't help people with horse problems, I help horses with people problems"

If you have ever tried to fix people problems you know there are some that are just not worth the time.
    08-09-2013, 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by JungleJulia    
That stallion was DANGEROUS!! I've never seen anything like that!
I didn't hear him suggest to put it down..I remember the owner saying so.
Would it be too late to have him gelded? Would it make a difference for him?
And that woman...I was annoyed with her! She seemed like one of those horse collectors!
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I won't go into much on this since I'm not familiar with what you're referring to, but on the question of a stallion being too old to geld you can geld fully grown mature stallions.
As for the prospect of gelding this horse to make it less dangerous I can't intelligently comment. I can say that gelding isn't a cure all. Even geldings can be dangerous just as mares can. There are cases where the horse just isn't right in the head, but those are generally not very common in my experience. There are also cases where a horse has become unsafe as the result of something(s) in it's life/environment. It's up to the trainer to determine if it's worth the risk to find out which and what, if anything, they're willing to do. I'll never fault any trainer for say "no" if they're uncomfortable taking on a horse they see as an unacceptable risk.
I will say that it's a huge risk to both people and other animals just keeping a dangerous horse around.
If they're that dangerous......well, equine is the healthiest domestic red meat for human consumption (followed closely by goat ).
(Ah, I can hear everyone shrieking already )
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    08-09-2013, 07:04 PM
Julia, while having that horse gelded couldn't possibly have hurt anything, I don't think it would have helped all that much. Whether or not the horse had any lingering brain damage from his difficult birth is anyone's guess. What his biggest problem was was his owner. She spoiled him from the moment he was born and that's mainly what made him so hateful.

Whether, with a different home where he was raised correctly, he could have gone on to be someone's beloved riding partner or companion in spite of his brain damage, well there's no way to tell. The only thing for certain is that woman ruined any chance that poor horse might have had to be a productive member of equine society.

Horses that are truly "not right" from birth do happen, but they are relatively rare. 99% of the time, all of a horse's issues stem from the handling/training they have received.

I agree with lbs not miles on one thing. Some horses (whether due to a bad ingrained temperament or issues caused by previous handlers/trainers) are better off at the packers. At least there, they are providing a service by feeding people or animals.
    08-09-2013, 07:20 PM
He did actually tell her to put the horse down. Even if she thought about gelding him, they would have had to use a tranq gun, because there was no way they'd be able to get close enough to give him a shot. Not to mention then trying to make sure the wound heals right. While I do think that a lot of "dangerous" horses are fixable, every once in a while you do find one that is not, and it's much safer for everyone involved to just put the horse down.

That being said, I really like Buck. His approach is more common sense, and understanding herd dynamic, then gimmicks, games, or a system that you have to follow in order to get results. To me Buck is not a showman who's trying to say his way is the best, or the only way to get results. He isn't trying to sell a product, or a system, or a "magical" bit or other equipment. You can implement his techniques along with other trainers to reach your goal, it's not like say parelli where it's a whole system, and you have to stick with a program. At least in the video he isn't wearing logo clothing, he looks like a working cowboy and he's almost always on a horse, showing how to do things. He doesn't take horses, work with them for a day, then hand them back to the owner, he corrects the owner, and helps the owner. No matter what discipline you ride, his methods work. Someday I would love to go to a clinic of his.
    08-09-2013, 08:42 PM
Just an FYI. Should have mentioned it earlier for those in this area, but didn't think about it.

I was informed couple of months ago that he's doing a clinic at Clemson University in Sept. Not sure what other states he's visiting while he's on this side of the US.

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