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post #11 of 24 Old 10-08-2011, 09:25 PM
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I would rather be told something blunt and to my face than to sugar coat it.
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post #12 of 24 Old 11-11-2011, 09:11 PM
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I would rather be told something blunt and to my face than to sugar coat it.
As Buck said in a clinic of his I attended today (just as a spectator): "I'm not trying to be critical, I'm trying to be real."

I had been torn about whether I was going to attend his clinic this weekend, but I saw the movie this week, which solidified my decision. And WOW am I ever glad I went! I learned more from that man in 8 hours than I have from most other horse(wo)men in my entire life. The reports that he's straightforward/blunt/direct are accurate. I wouldn't say he's "rude and crude"--I think our society has just forgotten what it's like to have people tell it like it is. Nobody can take criticism of any kind anymore, even when it's constructive.

I took a few photos, and a ton of notes, but the main thing I took away from his teaching *style* is that you will get out of his clinic what you give back. If you aren't succeeding at what he's teaching you, but are TRYING, he is exceptionally supportive. If you are clearly fighting against what he's trying to offer, he'll essentially just leave you to your own devices and spend his time helping the people who want to learn and are willing to try new things.

I was also completely amazed at his ability to watch so many people at once. The morning class had 30 participants and the afternoon had 20. Buck was stationed on his mount at the center of the arena, and even when it seemed like he was more focused on talking to the audience or working with his horse, he somehow still had one eye and ear on each student.

If you haven't seen the movie yet, do. And if you ever get a chance to go to a clinic of his, go!
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post #13 of 24 Old 11-11-2011, 09:17 PM
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Sadly, many people are interested in hearing how great they are instead of how to become great. Buck isn't interested in that and neither am I. I've had people who wanted to take lessons from me tell me that I needed to tell them how pretty their horse was before I said what I wanted to correct so that I was saying something nice first. Really?
I told them that they were confusing their needs with mine.
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post #14 of 24 Old 11-12-2011, 09:20 PM
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Please forgive me if I get offensive, I have been couped up in the house for most the day and another thread on here has me fired up.....

Anyhow, I think Buck Bananabread has some good things to offer and he is unlike most clinicians that are out there. However a few years ago I found his bridle horse series on VHS, yeppers VHS-I even had the device to play them- at a yard sale cheap. I took them home popped and them into my time machine(VHS player). I promptly fell asleep...I had problems sleeping and I am not joking every night I tried to watch them I fell asleep. Since I grew up learning the "Vaquero Style" horsemanship, and I use that term loosely, I found them boring. I really didn't want to see Buck trotting circles in an indoor arena with a hackamore hanging on his horse. I wanted to see him using a hackamore on a horse outside doing something! I think a guy who can ride a horse witha hackamore running down a steer and roping him without making him hard in the face is a hand. Perhaps he did and I was sleeping...not really sure, but I sold the videos on Ebay for a small fortune which happened to be enough to try the Ranch Roping series on DVD, yes DVD-I had a machine that played both. Better, but again bored, I fell asleep while he was roping steers in a round pen...yawn....

Not to say for someone who has never been in a ranch style situation there might be plenty to learn. And I do like the fact as mentioned before he isn't trying to sell you a snaffle bit set-up for 3 times it's worth.

He is definitely better than most out of the bunch...
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post #15 of 24 Old 11-15-2011, 09:48 AM
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i saw the movie Buck and i loved it. i would love to see him at a clinic one day, im so jealous you get to go to one !

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post #16 of 24 Old 01-17-2012, 09:26 PM
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I would love to go to one of his clinics!!! I have watched the movie about him that came out this year, read up on him on the internet and just recently purchased his book Faraway Horses (it should get here tomorrow!!!) In short I love the guy. Lol
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post #17 of 24 Old 01-17-2012, 09:40 PM
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I watched "Buck" and hadn't ever really heard anything about him other than that he helped with "The Horse Whisperer". I loved the movie... it definitely was a different, more "cowboy" approach to training than what I've learned. Loved it though... I think there is a lot to learn from many successful trainers, whether you agree with every method they use or not!
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post #18 of 24 Old 01-17-2012, 10:05 PM
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Cowchick77 is right; you'll want to take care that your chosen mentor doesn't put you to sleep, & it has nothing to do with whether he's a hand! It's just personalities! :)
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post #19 of 24 Old 01-18-2012, 05:55 AM
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I'm sure the early videos of many of our clinicians were also rough around the edges until they found their speed and style - and had the help of good PR firms.
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post #20 of 24 Old 01-24-2012, 10:43 AM
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I'd rather hear an honest opinion from a clinician about what I'm doing wrong, than to hear a lot of fluffy feel-good stuff and whatever creative words and phrases they've invented to sell their gadgets and videos as if theirs is the "One True Way" to work with a horse.

Not sure if anyone else saw it, but Buck was on ABC Nightline just recently and made a little jab at the concept of "natural horsemanship" right at the start of the interview.
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