The Faraway Horses And The Story Of The Real Horse Whisperer
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The Faraway Horses And The Story Of The Real Horse Whisperer

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  566 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Nearly every week of the year, Buck Brannaman is on the road, conducting horsemanship clinics in which he teaches horse owners how to better understand and work with their animals, creating a relationship based on trust and respect rather than force. Buck's skill has become the stuff of legend-in fact, the main character in Robert Redford's film The Horse Whisperer was bas...more
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Jul 10, 2011 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: animal advocates
It is time for me to admit that I love storytelling.

This book won't win any prize for eloquent writing, but I am certain I will read it again and again.

I saw the film "Buck" last weekend after impatiently waiting for it to open at the local art house theatre. I immediately looked for and ordered this book.

When I arrived home from work to find the book had been delivered, I started reading it immediately. I only put it down for a moment or two.

The bigger lessons to be learned about human behavio...more

"Horses and life - it's all the same to me." -Buck Brannaman

The Faraway Horses is a courageous and deeply moving autobiographical account of Buck Brannaman's painful childhood along with the enduring lessons he learned from his foster family and the legendary equestrian, Ray Hunt. Buck describes his life after the heartbreaking failure of his first marriage and the redemption found in the true love of his second. He recounts the experiences of his life in a beautiful simple language that does no...more
The sense I have is that Buck Brannaman is a very authentic person. What he says is who he is. He's an honest, straightforward person who has a strong moral fiber and, based on his upbringing, you know that is not an easy thing to have accomplished. He will not be remembered as an outstanding literary force but I don't think that's why he wrote this book. It seems he wrote this book for people that interested in horses, want to own a horse, want to understand horses and how they work and maybe b...more
Connie Mace
Oct 15, 2012 Connie Mace rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: If you love horses, or believe in dealing gently with animals (and humans)
Horseman Buck Brannaman is the real-life person which Robert Redford played as Tom Booker in the movie: “The Horse Whisperer.” Buck’s expertise with horses was heavily relied upon in the movie’s production and he was used as a double for Redford in several shots.

As Brannaman admits the term “Horse Whisperer” is “not a bad definition, but it’s incomplete and somewhat misleading. I observe the horse, learn from him, and remember the experience. Then I try to find a way to use what I’ve learned to...more
Rob Wood
This is a great book about an exceptional human being. I met Buck in the mid 1980's. We worked together in the Gallatin Valley, Montana. This was about the time Buck was beginning his training career. I knew then that he was a compassionate man with deep soul searching capabilities. The book is authentic and nonpromotional and paints a realistic picture of a man blessed with very special gifts. While he's noted for his abilities to relate to horses, if you ever have the chance take advantage of...more
Taught by the ways of the late Ray Hunt, the man who changed the way riders connected with their horses. Buck believes in the famous words "Gentle in what you do, firm in how you do it". Showing that the ways of abuse, force and fear were unnecessary requirements when training a horse. Showing that patience,love and understanding of these magnificent animals were truly all one needed. Taking Natural Horsemanship farther than anyone would have ever guessed.

Going into his dark past it's easy to se...more
Despite the harrowing details, there is enough wry humor and understatement to balance out the mood of Brannaman's narrative. His bare-bones account of his painful formative years, from abuse to enforced orphanhood to the separation by his first wife Adrian, is marked by spare language, self-control, and even self-deprecation - trademarks of the American Midwestern temperament.
There is something almost quaint about his outlook on life and his trove of back country wisdoms, as if he harks back t...more
Madeline Benoit
I'm a huge fan of Buck Brannaman, and reading his autobiography was essential to me loving him even more.

I have a deep respect and appreciation for what the man does with horses, and I feel as if this book was an excellent way to illustrate both Brannaman's origins and his continued goal to help horses with "people problems".

While Brannaman did tend to use phrases over, I can't criticism him for that. He's a horseman first, an educator second and an author third. While his novel's technical writ...more
Buck Brannaman is one tough cookie. He’s been to hell and back (more than once, actually) and lived to tell about it. What’s more, he’s not only chosen to live his life for himself, but to save countless lives along the way— horse and human alike. Now that’s some damn good karma.

I’ve long idolized Buck— both as a horseman and as a person. Gentle and quiet but firm, an unimaginably hard worker, humble as can be, and he’s a horse lover. That is definitely my kind of humanoid! And this thoughtful,...more
I'd give this novel somewhere between two and three stars. Overall it was a decent book but not exactly my genre, hate memoirs and really only read this for my book club. The writing was sort of choppy, but Buck's a Cowboy not a writer so I get that. However, I think the editing could have been done a lot better and that whoever did the editing for the novel didnt make the story of Buck's life all it could have been in better executed format. It really just jumped from one thing to the next with...more
Lena Goldfinch
An interesting and engrossing read about an extraoridinary life, inspiring and heart stirringly good.
Meridythe Kelley
4 stars probably fair. Bad writing. Neat book. Not a horse book. Well, there are horses in it, but I'd call it more a great parenting book and a fine story.

Bias being I happen to agree down the line, which makes me wonder if all abused kids (or at least those of us that as adults reject violence as a method of raising kids and critters) arrive at the same ideas for handling other living creatures. Kept reading and poking husband in the arm saying, "Lookie here! He says the same thing!"

Half my en...more
Thank you Buck for sharing your adventures and your insights into horse/human behavior!
Lydia Aswolf
A fascinating look at how one fathers dishonorable behavior created a more than honorable son.
I am admittedly slightly enamored with Buck Brannaman because of his teaching and horse training style, but this book is excellent. It's well written and edited to be understandable, engaging and it flows well from Buck's experiences with horses to experiences with people. Much of the information contained here is presented in the documentary about his life, but there is more depth and further explanation of the why and the psychology behind his training methods and interactions with people. Eve...more
Valerie Snow
This is an amazing book about life disguised as a book about working with horses. The author offers an incredible perspective on people, attitude, life, and animals that changes the way you will view everything. It is rare that I read a book that makes me feel this changed and pushes me to strive for better in the way that this book did. It's obvious that the author is not and seasoned writer, but the sheer honesty of the words gives it such credibility. Amazing stories, beautiful messages, and...more
Mary Reed
A very intelligent man.

very insightful and touching. a great read. whether you are a horse lover or not. buck has intuition not only about houses but about people too.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! OK, I do love horses but this book is not only on how Buck helps horses but how he developed into the person he is. It's about how he came to be the person he is. THe book is about character, giving us lessons on how to help not only the troubled horse, but on our own troubles as well. A horses problems are a reflection of our own problems, it is a mirror to oneself. I have to say that Buck's like does seem rather incredible. This book will make you laugh, it will make you...more
I picked up The Faraway Horses because I saw a preview for the movie Buck. I am very excited to see the movie but I try to read books before viewing their movie adaptations! With that said, I am looking forward to seeing the movie.

Mr. Brannaman seems very real. His writing is raw and genuine. The book wasn't very well written but his love toward horses is very obvious. It's amazing to see how deeply humans and animals can communicate and I look forward to seeing if this can be translated to the...more
Thoroughly enjoyed the biography of "the" original horse whisperer. Touching story of a horrid childhood filled with fear. Then he spends some turbulent teen years with foster parents who challenged him and help him to overcome those experiences. Never seeking sympathy, simply stating the facts as he sees them. How rewarding to see that he turned all those bad memories into a wonderful adult life training horses with patience that he was never shown as a child. Truly inspiring.
Dick Whittington
Quick, easy, enjoyable and relaxing read. Memoir of the "Horse Whisperer". Lots of horse care and horse training stories. Good, common sense approaches probably applicable to other life situations outside the horse ring.
Oct 19, 2011 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Matt Shill
Fantastic book about understanding horses and maybe even more important, people. Riding horses has become something very important to me as this is something we do as a family. I really enjoyed The Horse Whisperer and learning how Brannaman has done so much in the horse community and got to be such an integral part of the movie was pretty cool. I really want to see the movie Buck now and it is probably time to get the next book that Brannaman wrote as well.
C.J. Darlington
This was an interesting, easy read for anyone who loves horses as Buck does. It's half memoir, half instructional as there's some fascinating stories about horses Buck has helped in his life. Yet the instruction never overwhelms, so those just interested in the man who helped inspire the Horse Whisperer character can also find a great read in these pages. I'm now looking forward to watching the Buck documentary.
I really admire Buck Brannaman and what he has made of his life and the lessons learned through growing up with a very abusive father. The book had a lot of foul language, which I didn't enjoy, but it is his story and the language is part of it, so I didn't see it as completely out of place. This is the story of how he applies what he's learned through abuse and love and how he applies it to horses.
I enjoyed reading this but found it a bit dry towards the end since I do not ride horses or know anything about them,. I wouldn't dream of being rough with one and remember being absolutely shocked when I was at a rodeo at the Cowpalace and there was a horse being whipped in the parking lot outside of the arena. It made me shrink away.
Enjoyed the movie Buck more than reading this book.
Buck Brannaman has written a beautiful, poignant picture of his life, from child abuse survivor to master horseman. You do not have to be an equestrian to relate to his story and life lessons. I happen to be a horse woman so it meant that much more to me. After you read the book, be sure to see the Sundance Film Festival winning documentary, "Buck". Equally as moving. Such a humble gentle soul.
An autobiography with some basic advice on how to treat horses when you want to have a friendship with them. I believe it is the basis for the documentary BUCK and I found it to be very insightful. Given the situations he's been through this man is amazing, fair and common sense wise when it comes to both horses and people. I can't wait to observe one of his clinics this autumn!
Jessica Hatchigan
Anyone who cares about communication should read this book. Brannaman focuses on how people can better communicate with horses, but there are takeaways for many other aspects of communication - especially cross-cultural communication. Empathy, a clean sheet of paper approach, and a dismissal of assumptions work with horses and my observation is that it often works with people as well.
Inspiring story of personal abuse and how he overcame it, and how he never abuses horses.
Mark Burkman
Buck is a true cowboy and a compassionate person. He allowed his hardships to shape him in positive ways as opposed to becoming hardened and bitter. His authenticity is unmistakable and his zeal for life refreshing. His purposes are clear & his philosophies are simple and effective. I'd recommend this book to almost anyone, and animal lovers in particular.

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