"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."
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.
"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
- Diana "Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)"
Using negative experiences for good
While I have not read the print version of this book, I firmly believe that the excellent narration adds something to the experience.
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.
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.
I could have easily listened to the book all day, but I resisted this temptation, partly in order to make the book last longer.
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.