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    08-31-2012, 04:28 PM
  #101
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Abuse is unfortunately a generational thing. When you think about it, doesn't it make you wonder how Buck's father was treated as a child that he turned out the way he did. The strong ones break the cycle.
Not as a child, maybe.

In Buck's book, he notes that his father was a POW in a German prison camp in World War II for over a year and in the next sentence points out that as a power lineman in Alaska, his father took a big jolt of electricity and was in the hospital for six months afterward. After Ace Brannaman did get home from the hospital, he suffered from "horrible headaches ... (that) seemed to torture him for the rest of his life" (The Faraway Horses, p. 24).

Some post-traumatic stress disorder, some undiagnosed brain damage, too much alcohol ... and there you have it, unfortunately.
     
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    08-31-2012, 06:57 PM
  #102
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Originally Posted by Oldhorselady    
I remember a quote in the movie that it was said that people who are good doing this type of training are like 'lost souls'. This really stood out to me. I am wondering if people who were abused have a certain sensitive understanding? Maybe some just choose not to look at it that way since some that were abused go the opposite direction

I was not physically abused, but I was emotionally. From a family of drug addicts and alcohalism. My father high and ever around. My mother left the state when I was a toddler and I was rarely with her. It was only me...no siblings. So, I just took care of myself. I never felt odd or that it was wrong. Just did what I had to do. Didn't have parents offering me things, taking me places, doing things for me, going to school functions etc. So, it was just me, making my own happiness and way through life. Drugs were all around me, but I always felt like there was someone/something keeping me from going that direction.

I was emancipated at 16. It was my psychotherapist who told me what it was and actually drove me to court. I have become a very independent, quiet adult, like I was as a child. Just keep to myself. I would say I am not the most social person. I don't want to be like that, just simply don't know what to say. So, I think I have become a good listener. I think this is what is useful in horse training....just being quiet and listening. There was another phrase I picked up along the way...maybe 'Horse Whisperer' movie?....There is a big difference between boring and being still. Just because you are quiet and still doesn't mean you are not doing anything.

I love Buck. He is no frills and honest, from what I've seen. I can relate to his way. It seems natural to me. I wasn't around horses until several years ago and I'm in my 40's. I find training my horses a luxery.....a gift given from them to allow me to do this. While others are loud and frustrated....I am simple and quiet. My horses seem to respect me as much as I do them. It is beautiful.
Sorry...just read the typos.....meant to say that my father was high and never around. I also wanted to say that I am not he most social person...and it's not that I don't want to be like that, just that I often just am not good with words. I have often felt like a 'lost soul' in life. But even with that, I am a very happy person and feel I have accomplished much in life. I never blame my childhood. It is what made me who I am today. Thanks for the kind words.
     
    09-01-2012, 03:56 AM
  #103
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Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman    
Not as a child, maybe.

In Buck's book, he notes that his father was a POW in a German prison camp in World War II for over a year and in the next sentence points out that as a power lineman in Alaska, his father took a big jolt of electricity and was in the hospital for six months afterward. After Ace Brannaman did get home from the hospital, he suffered from "horrible headaches ... (that) seemed to torture him for the rest of his life" (The Faraway Horses, p. 24).

Some post-traumatic stress disorder, some undiagnosed brain damage, too much alcohol ... and there you have it, unfortunately.
You are absolutely correct. In fact, psychologically-speaking; one of the worst "set-ups" for mental illness, (possibly causing one to horrifically abuse one's child/children) are two things:

1) PTSD
&
2) Traumatic Brain Injury (or, "TBI").

Being a P.O.W. IS UNDOUBTEDLY one of THE MOST UNIMAGINABLE forms of "trauma" one can experience.

Add to that a jolt of electric current-likely injuring one's brain to some degree,and you are handed a recipe for future disaster.

Awfully sad..."sad" actually does not cut it, terminology-wise, but you get my drift, no doubt! :0(
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    09-14-2012, 03:36 PM
  #104
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Anyone else pre-order the 7-clinics dvd's?
     
    09-14-2012, 04:23 PM
  #105
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I am going to ask for them for Christmas. I hope they are good.
     

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