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What are your opinions of him?
I'm going to one of his clinics in October, and personally, I really like his training methods from what I've seen and heard.
I don't know that much about him, let us know how you like the clinic!
Buck has been around for many,many years. The movie The Horse Whisperer was loosely based on him. There is a documentary about him that just came out this year called "Buck" as well
He is one of those trainers that has had his style used by PP, CA, and others. I've seen a few clinicians in person but would love to see him especially.
Twice I've driven over 500 miles to watch Buck Brannaman give a clinic, and both times were well worth it. The man has so much knowledge and such an ability to inspire. The only caveat is, he has a very straightforward and sometimes blunt style of speaking and teaching. He is very honest and says what he thinks, and it can get uncomfortable for some people. If you can handle that, though, you can come away with a wealth of new knowledge and ideas.
There are some good clips of Buck on Mike Thomas' youtube channel
MikeThomasHorsemen's Channel - YouTube
He's very good. Down to the earth and no fuss. I have couple of his videos.
I will be riding in one of his clinics next year. I love that his style of training bridle horses takes years to master just like the vaqueros but that he fused in natural horsemanship to perfect the training and mold the horse into a willing partner not out of fear.
For the person who prefers a teacher with a more pleasant and feel-good style, though, Buck Brannaman probably isn't the best choice.
My trainer loosely follows the techniques of Buck, he says Buck was his biggest inspiration.
I use the techniques my trainer taught me on my horses. Not sure how similar they are to Buck's (I'm guessing they are close), but I can testify that if he's anything like my trainer, he is WELL worth the price and time, especially on horses that respond well to NH. The basics can be applied to almost any horse, and my trainer tries to cover how to do it yourself, so that he is not needed anymore.
Buck is unique in the fact that he is one of the very few clinicians that has actually USED a horse to get work done. He was a cowboy on several big Montana outfits and now has a ranch of his own. I like him because he will talk about life outside the arena or roundpen. He will show an exercise and then relate how you can do it on the ranch or going down the trail. I've never seen him try to sell anything either. He is much like Ray Hunt in that you will get the unabashed, no B.S. truth rather you want it or not. I don't find him rude and have never heard him be mean to anyone that was honestly trying to understand what he was saying.
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