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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781592288991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592288991
  • ASIN: 1592288995
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Others have falsely claimed to be the inspiration for Tom Booker in The Horse Whisperer. The one who truly inspired me was Buck Brannaman. His skill, understanding and his gentle, loving heart have parted the clouds for countless troubled creatures. Buck is the Zen master of the horse world."--Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer

"There's a point in horsemanship when horse and horseman know enough about each other that a third thing, another dimension, begins to be part of the relationship. It's upon this element that the real ride takes place and in Believe we can see the markers along the journey."
--Tom McGuane

"Buck Brannaman is a remarkable person. Remarkable in that he can communicate on a variety of levels--with people as well as horses--all with one desire, to help free the spirit in everyone involved."--Jill Rappaport, Entertainment correspondent on NBC's "Today Show" and co-author of People We Know, Horses They Love

From the Back Cover

In his best-selling The Faraway Horses, Buck Brannaman, extraordinary trainer and acknowledged inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, described how he found his calling and honed his art and craft. Following the book’s widespread acclaim, the universal application of Brannaman’s approach to interpersonal relationships has struck a responsive chord in the equestrian community and with the public at large.
Believe continues to chronicle the man’s efforts as catalyst and mentor as we meet thirteen people with whom he has worked. Through their words and through Brannaman’s perceptive introductions to each essay, we experience first-hand the hope and confidence that he has instilled in them and their horses.
You will discover through these stories how many untapped dreams and abilities you, too, possess, and how you can bring them to fruition. So journey with Buck Brannaman, learn from him, and profit from the voyage.

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After reading this book, you will look at things in a different way.
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Buck Brannaman is a rare breed of horseman just like Ray Hunt was and his insight with horses AND people is inspiring.
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Got this for my dad for Christmas, but from what I have read of it myself, it seems to be a great book.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Buck has co-written a wonderful dedication to the healing power in the connection between horses and people. Having attended quite a few of his clinics and visited with him several times, I have seen how dedicated he is to the horse and to helping those people who are truly looking for a better way, not only in their horsemanship, but in their lives as well.

Well worth the read.

I gave it four stars instead of 5, because Far away horses was better....sorry Buck.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on July 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Please read my review for Buck's book "The Faraway Horses," and read that book before you read "Believe." I can't say enough good things about Buck-- his way has truly changed my life. This book has the added dimension of having every other chapter be a true account from individuals whose lives have been changed and affected for the better by learning about Buck's way. Highly recommend.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Luvz Buying on July 27, 2011
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I really enjoyed reading Buck's first book, The Faraway Horses and really liked Buck the movie. I was looking forward to reading this book and thought since each chapter was about overcoming a specific issue he would talk about how to work through those issues. Instead, it was a series of stories people had written Buck about how great he is and how they helped to changed their lives prefaced by Buck's commentary on the story. There is nothing deep or substantial to the book, just a lot of fluff. Some of the "lessons learned" were repeats from his first book. It's a light read but if you want to borrow it from friend or the library but I wouldn't buy it as I would not read it a second time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dee Jensen on December 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have seen Buck in person and after seeing many self proclaimed "horse whisperers" knew he was something special. His writing is no different and both his books are not only a must read for people with horses, but anyone who wants a good story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah E. Smith on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading Buck's first book, Far Away Horses, so I was looking forward to reading this book. I was surprised to find that this book is just a lot of testimonials from Buck's former students gushing about how he has changed their lives. I was quite suprised that he would put out a book like this. I think he is a great horseman that doesn't need to push his worth by publishing a book filled with praises for himself. Essentially all this book does is pat him on the back. Maybe he wanted to point out how learning to connect with your horse can change a person's attitude, but I came away feeling a bit turned off because of so much gushing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By An Observer on March 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
...as to how this book should be described. I've watched the video Buck but not read Faraway Horses and it's truly been awhile since I've been on the back of a horse.

Are there life lessons in the wisdom Buck and his students pass along? Absolutely! Do those life lessons have practical day to day application? Again, Yes. Is the book well written and well constructed? Not really. Did I enjoy it? Yes and No. Can I recommend it? Not sure either way.

If one has a driving interest in Buck Brannaman and his philosophy, I suppose it's a must read. If one has a passing interest in how mankind interacts with animals and the life lessons they can teach us, it's worthy of consideration. BUT, one must be willing to slowly read between the lines and examine what's trying to be presented to truly be able to make this worthwhile. It is NOT a book that will appeal to everyman and many will see it as not worth the effort to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. MEEHL on October 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been fortunate enough to see several of Buck Brannaman's clinics. and I know he is the most gifted horseman I know. However, I did not realize how much positive impact he has had on people's personal lives as well. This book tells the stories of several people whose lives have been changed by their involvement with Buck and his impact on their horses and their own way of thinking. It is very clever in the way Buck quietly introduces each story and still gives you a great lesson in horsemanship.
If you want to understand more about yourself and your relationship to your horse, this book is a MUST! I also loved his first book, The Faraway Horse. It taught me a lot about horses and I've been riding for 40 years.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Jones on February 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
My wife gave me this book at Christmas. We saw the documentary and really enjoyed it. I have not read Faraway Horses.

Believe is simply accounts written by individuals who have attended Buck's training events. THeir stories are not particularly well written, interesting or moving. They are boring. I am about 3/4 done with the book and I don't know if I can finish.

They claim some where in the beginning of the book that this is for horse people as well as non-horse people. I have found that the narratives are very technical in regards to handling the horse. Since I am not a horse person these passages (which are 75% of the book) are meaningless to me.

The people really do not go into any depth about how their lives have changed since gaining Buck's influence. They just state that now that they know how to connect with their horse they have been able to sort out other issues they are dealing with in their lives.

Buck's preview's before each chapter are just as painstaking. He is repetitive and his contributions offer little insight. In one section he lists 7 or 9 qualities of a good horse handler that can also be equated to dealing with your human relationships. It was so contrived I could feel myself cringing as I read it.

Buck is an interesting man and he has a very interesting, inspirational story. This book tries to turn him into a motivational author. He is not.

The movie is worth seeing. Skip Believe.
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