The Faraway Horses

  • by Buck Brannaman, William Reynolds
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I've started horses since I was 12 years old and have been bit, kicked, bucked off and run over. I've tried every physical means to contain my horse in an effort to keep from getting myself killed. I started to realize that things would come much easier for me once I learned why a horse does what he does. This method works well for me because of the kinship that develops between horse and rider."
—Buck Brannaman
In The Faraway Horses, Buck Brannaman shares his renowned methods for horse training and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer, for which he was the technical adviser.

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What the Critics Say

"Buck Brannaman is part of a lineage of skilled horsemen, and for the horses he works with, it is about trust and understanding, not submission." (Robert Redford)

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More autobiography than training tips yet powerful

A friend of mine is a big Buck Brannaman fan and about 14 or 15 years ago took to me to one of his clinics just to watch from the sidelines. I wasn't feeling good that day, but went, and came away wondering why people paid to be at his clinics when there were times he said things that could make their feelings hurt . . . or said things that gave me the impression that he was soured on people due to all that he had to fix in horses. He seemed so grim to me that day.

My friend was disappointed that I didn't view Buck Brannaman the same way she did. And, I couldn't understand her view either. I was fairly new to horses then, and since then have learned a lot more about them. And, about myself.

I enjoyed the movie Buck and my friend who won't go to movies went after I raved about it to her and she enjoyed it too. Said she was going to buy the dvd.

So, I had listened to two of Mark Rashid's audio books and decided to listen to The Faraway Horses since someone left a feedback that the two were very similar.

Not sure I agree with them being "very" similar after listening to this book, but their paths were somewhat parallel. Buck Brannaman's path was pretty rocky from the start and I had just started the book where he told of his childhood. I went to sleep and woke in the middle of the night, so upset and disturbed by the abuse he and his brother had experienced. Not just the physical abuse, but also the other terrible things, such as the slaughter of his friend the bull. The book is pretty powerful in parts, having an impact with such revelations.

His journey has been interesting, and I have a better understanding of his public side, and appreciate all he has done to shine light on abusive practices . . . he doesn't pussyfoot around when a person needs to be told something when the telling will improve things for horses.

I knew some of what had happened in the Arabian show world and used to write about it and even called the Arabian Horse Association when I witnessed some things, but the story Buck told about the Arabian stallion in Scottsdale was sad and enlightening.

There is so much I need to learn about horses, and myself, and I appreciate and respect Buck Brannaman sharing his journey, knowledge, and experiences. It was a glimpse iinto a human being who is making the world a better place, and I wish him all the best.
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- Diana "Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)"

Using negative experiences for good

Would you consider the audio edition of The Faraway Horses to be better than the print version?

While I have not read the print version of this book, I firmly believe that the excellent narration adds something to the experience.


What other book might you compare The Faraway Horses to and why?

This book is unlike any other book I have read. It is an engaging mix of austobiography, horse training advice and general philosophy woven together in a conversational style.


Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

The narrator perfectly captures the conversational style of the writing. The book is not so much read, as spoken. It's easy to imagine the author is just sitting at my kitchen table telling about things he has experienced.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have easily listened to the book all day, but I resisted this temptation, partly in order to make the book last longer.


Any additional comments?

There are people in this world, who choose to use negative eyperiences in their lives to create positive experiences for others. I think that is the underlying message of this book, that you can get through the bad things and use them to help yourself and others. There is a lot of hope in this book, and a lot of encouragement for anyone who may be struggling.

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- K.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio