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The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America's Most Renowned Horsemen Paperback – July 1, 2003
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"Brannaman is insightful enough to understand what he's learned from horses, mature enough to apply what he's learned, and articulate enough to pass those thoughts along simply and directly. There's really no need for literary gymnastics. Instead, this is one of those books that stays quietly with you." --DENVER POST
"An engaging read. At Heart, The Faraway Horses is a rich and rewarding autobiography that offers a prescription for living a positive and harmonious life - with horses or even without them." --COWBOYS & INDIANS magazine
"This autobiography of a cowboy who's a gentler, not a breaker, is a happy mix of eye-opening instruction and inspiration." --TRUE WEST magazine
"This book is written in a straightforward style that keeps the reader wanting to learn more. Readers will enjoy the poignant life of one of America's top cowboys. It is nice to know that the horse has an advocate like Buck Brannaman." -- HORSE CONNECTION magazine
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"These principles are really about life - about living your life so you're not at war with the horse, or with other people," Buck writes. At heart, this rich and rewarding autobiography is ultimately a prescription for living a harmonious existence - whether it involves horses or not.
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We see from early on what shaped and formed the man of today,the abuse he and his brother suffered as children,the long road to true unity with the horse,the faliures along the way ,the tragedy of his first marriage and how as we say in the horse world he got back up and got on again ,all along we can see were many people would have thrown in the towel and quit ,Buck did not and in so doing showed strength and character .This is all written in a unvarnished way that I find refreshing
I found myself near tears at times and laughing at others ,some of what has happened in his life hits close to home for myself,as a lifelong horseman I have struggled to find unity and peace with the horse ,I have lost loved ones and struggled on,in reading his book I found new ways to deal with some of lifes problems and with my own love of the horse.
To say I enjoyed the book is an understatement,it will be something I will go back to time after time and I hope others will also.You do not have to own horse or be from the horse world to find something in this book that will help you either with your family or life its self.
Time and space have made all the difference. Whether it's the 30 years since his harrowing childhood, or the nearly imperceptible space that constitutes trust between a horse and its rider, it's all been important to the horse-whisperer whose life and work helped breathe vitality into a gentle method of training animals. Now he's telling his own story in "The Faraway Horses."
Brannaman recounts his sometimes horrifying, occasionally funny adventures. He describes his training technique, built on trust and respect, not force. He writes about horses he's learned from, including Bif, the rank outlaw who became one of Buck's most trusted mounts. And he tells of owners he's taught, including the trainer who abused her show Arabians to make them look "spirited."
But the roots of his special connection with troubled and wild horses lie in his own childhood.
"I want people to be entertained, but there are some real stark realities out there," Brannaman says. "I hope it just doesn't go away after they close the book and put it on their shelf, but that the book's with them, maybe for the rest of their lives."
If you aren't in to horses or horsemanship at all, you will be impressed with his drive an determination to help the horses and truly help the people who want to understand their horses better.
It's just a plain great read, in Buck's own words and his voice, too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating and hard to put down if you like horses and the story of a man who has dedicated his life to them and their mistreatment.Published 16 days ago by ScubaJer
Great introduction to the work and philosophy of Buck Brannaman. I switched from riding lessons to learning how to train horses because this fascinates and inspires me. Read morePublished 22 days ago by idontgetoutmuch
Great book on relationships connecting horses & people. Life lessons to be learned from this book!Published 26 days ago by Marilyn Holmes Reilley
I read the book years ago and loved it. My husband and I finally got to go see one of Buck's clinics and I bought this for my husband afterwards. Read morePublished 26 days ago by ll
Well...I totally understand what he's saying and what principles to use, but he doesn't instruct us on how to do it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by chris2fer
This is an amazing book about an amazing horseman. The trials of his life are truly inspirational because of the amazing lessons he gained.Published 1 month ago by Kelli
Lots of insight into Bucks life. His love for horses is infectious & his how he relates to them is incredible.Published 1 month ago by Dee Owen