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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
So much of what Buck talks about makes sense. Thought I should maybe call my daughter and ask her to read it for her kids as well as her horse.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book is so eye opening and inspirational. What you have been taught all your life may have been wrong and this book will show you simple things that will change you and your... Read morePublished 3 months ago
This is not just about horses but also about our relationships with others.Published 3 months ago by A. Robinson
Okay, I rarely, rarely...lets just say never, become obsessed with a book and it's author! But here I am wildly nuts about this writer and his fabulous way of relating to horses... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda R Bray
Everyone has to find their path to understanding horses. You can't copy anyone else's. He does wonderful work.Published 4 months ago by Laura Claman
i get it.. hes very critical of anything but his own practices though.. didnt like the negitivity but its a good story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dahvia Istler
It was not what I had expected. And I bought both books, so you only imagine my disappointment.Published 5 months ago by Kit Montana