Originally Posted by Beling
It's more like he likes to talk rude and crude. I couldn't stand his personality, but his horsemanship was fantastic -- not "nice" you understand, but not heavy-handed. He did JUST what was necessary for an effect, and of course to the horse, he was totally understandable, no conflicting signals. What I liked was, even though he was pretty rough with this particular big, spoiled TB, at the end of the half-hour, the horse wasn't the least bit afraid of him--well, maybe the very LEAST bit-- or physically tired, just very attentive. The question is whether he could train the horse's owner to continue in the same way.
I confess to being a fan, but I'll try to describe him a little more objectively. Basically, when you go to Buck Brannaman he'll tell you that you're responsible for the behavior of your horse good or bad. He pulls no punches, and while that appeals personally to me I will freely admit that it's not for everyone. As for the question of whether a person can be taught to work with horses like he does, I would say that it depends on a person's desire. I think that the type of person who will get the most out of studying with a teacher like Buck is the one for whom horses and horsemanship are a lifestyle. Speaking from my own experience, I can say that it is very hard to learn to be good with horses in general (as opposed to just a few of one's own horses) and to do so requires an uncommon level of dedication. For me it's easy to have that dedication as becoming a good horseman is the most important thing in my life. So I'm able to easily overlook Buck's teaching style, because I'm too busy trying to figure out how to get better to be offended by him.
For the person who prefers a teacher with a more pleasant and feel-good style, though, Buck Brannaman probably isn't the best choice.