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post #1 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Talking I met Buck Brannaman!

And he was every bit as amazing as I hoped and expected! I went to (watched, not participated in, unfortunately) a clinic in Washington. I know some people find him less awesome than I do, but even going in as a huge fan, I don't think anyone there would argue with what I saw:

1. He's an amazing horse person. Every move he makes is gentle and focused on the horse. He exudes compassion and calm.

2. He's honest and doesn't indulge people who don't deserve it. I've heard people say he's rude at his clinics, but the only time I heard him sound less than engaged is when a woman in the audience (not a participant) repeatedly asked him irrelevant questions and then tried to argue with him. And even to her, he was respectful. (Example: When the clinic group was working on getting a soft feel at the walk and trot, she interrupted with a question about when it would be useful for a cantering horse to do a "simple lead change in the front and a flying change in the back," if that's even possible)

3. The participants had an awesome time. There were tons of heartfelt thank-yous from the two full classes (50 riders total). And Buck seemed really to care about them and their horses. He knew all their names and made individual comments despite the fact that there was a ton going on all the time.




"...and may your life be filled with good horses." Buck Brannaman

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 12:31 AM
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He has an amazing story. Cant help but respect the guy. He seems as down to earth as they come. That's exciting that you got to meet him in person!! I've only seen his documentary. ...lol
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 12:58 AM
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I meant to go to that clinic. I forgot it was happening just this weekend.
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post #4 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 02:58 AM
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Gah, I'm so jealous! I wanna go to one of his clinics. I didn't know that he'd written a book, I'm gonna have to go buy it. He's one of the most down to earth "big" trainers I've seen, he hasn't let it get to his head like so many others have. You are very lucky!
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post #5 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 03:17 AM
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One day, if buck ever comes to Australia, I'm going to participate in one of his clinics. I swear I will.
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post #6 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Dressagebelle, the book is lovely :) He has a few, but Faraway Horses is the one that tells his story.

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One day, if buck ever comes to Australia, I'm going to participate in one of his clinics. I swear I will.
I vow to get Sam to his clinic here next summer. It seems like a ton of fun and really helpful. Plus I'll get to stare goofily at him for three days :p
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post #7 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 02:33 PM
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I am SO jealous!!!! I JUST finished reading The Faraway Horses (SO SO good!) & I also own the documentary BUCK. What a down-to-earth guy! I would LOVE to attend a clinic & meet him someday! Glad you had a great time!
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post #8 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 03:20 PM
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I am a huge fan of him - If I get the chance to go to any clinic, I would choose buck brannaman in a heartbeat! I love his teachings and I have his book and his movies. He has some great movies that are clips form some of his clinics put into a movie, it is very helpful!
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Buck will be doing a clinic in High River, Alberta on 16,17,18 of this month-November. Rider part is full but still room for spectators.



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post #10 of 15 Old 11-09-2013, 04:04 PM
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Buck will be doing a clinic in High River, Alberta on 16,17,18 of this month-November. Rider part is full but still room for spectators.
Darn -- so near yet so far
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