He was already the inspiration for the best-selling novel and the 1998 film directed by Robert Redford, but now Buck Brannaman -- the man widely known as the real-life “horse whisperer” – is the subject of a new documentary, “Buck.”
The film traces Buck’s journey from his troubled childhood to his recovery through his love of horses. It is a remarkable story, and the documentary recently received the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
To watch Buck in action is an amazing experience, as he can turn the most dangerous animal into a docile pet.
With his kind, natural approach to horse-training, he has revolutionized the equestrian world and taught owners how to develop a loving bond with their horses.
I’ve actually known Buck for a while, and I am continually awestruck by his abilities. I recently invited him to my farm to work his magic on one of my horses. My beautiful mare Madison was in need of a little Buck “tune-up,” as she had become a bit difficult to ride either from not enough work or not being worked properly. Buck was the first to say, “It’s not her fault, but the rider’s.” In his own words, Buck fixes horses that have “people problems.”
After only a matter of minutes in his presence, Madison was calmer and moving better than she had in months. From this point on, I’ll have to work diligently to incorporate Buck’s methods. As he says, “If you do what I do, you’ll get what I get.” Time will tell, but the most important thing I've “got” so far is a happier horse, which is the best thing you could ever ask for.