Mike Branch, Flying B Horsemanship (opinions?)
I discovered this man recently named Mike Branch who gentles and backs wild BLM mustangs using natural horsemanship techniques. He is located just north of Knoxville, TN, only about an hour and a half from where I live.
Now, I don't think he is very widely known but he has had a lot of local media attention and he does work in the UK with the Exmoor and Dartmoor ponies as well as the American Mustangs here in the US.
He offers a Wild Mustang Training School that I am interested in learning more about. There are not very many details on the website about it, but it still looks very interesting.
He has a lot of pictures and videos on his website: http://flyingbhorsemanship.com/ Would you check out his sight and tell me what you think about him?
I saw this guy at the Northern Illinois Horse Fest last Aug. He seemed like a nice enough person but I felt his abilities were fairly remedial compared to others I've seen.
The guy that stood out for me when I was there was Chris Bohenek Bohenek “Core Balance” ? Horsemanship a clinician they brought out from Montana. He had a great way with a couple of tough pushy horses he used in his demos and really explained this whole "vaquero" style he uses.
I really liked Chris he stuck around after wards to talk with people and seemed genuine and down to earth with none of the B.S you get from so many of the other guys that are mentioned all the time on sites like these (Clinton,Parrelli,Cox ect,ect.......) You know the clinicians that spend more time trying to sell or push you a product instead of truly trying to help the horses or to educate people on their horse handing skills. Heck a lot of them are just glorified snake charmers in my opinion anyways.
I saw on Bohenek's website that he offers a horsemanship school that looks pretty interesting. Just my observation, hope it helps for what it's worth.
Good luck to you and I hope I did not offend anyone since I am just a horse lackey with a $0.02 opinion. And this time it happened to be about the mainstream "cookie cutter" clinicians. :wink:
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