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Believe: A Horseman's Journey

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Master horseman Buck Brannaman, the real-life Horse Whisperer, continues the chronicle of his life as trainer and mentor, as we meet thirteen remarkable people whose lives he has affected. Through their own accounts of help and healing and through Brannaman's own introductions, the reader is inspired by the hope and confidence that he instilled in these individuals.
ebook, 216 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Lyons Press (first published November 1st 2004)
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Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fast read, probably most interesting for fans of Buck Brannaman.

I recently discovered Mr. Brannaman from the documentary, "Buck", which I found moving and fascinating. His work with horses is wonderful, and his personal story is very touching.

I was disappointed this book wasn't a how-to book, describing Buck's techniques for working with horses, rather it details the experiences of several people who have worked with him, learning to communicate better with their own horses.

Some of the sto
This book is written by the man who the movie, "The Horse Whisperer" is based upon. He writes a little of his childhood background and then about his philosophy of life and horses. Contained within this book is a collection of stories about the people who Buck has dealt with in his workshops, helping horses and their owners. I could relate and understand a lot of what was talked about because of having been around horses. The book has a lot to offer in regards to relationships and how we relate ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All adults
Recommended to Chrissy by: N/A
Though I make an honest effort to utilize the services of our local public library system, once in awhile I find myself in honest "need" of owning a copy of a book borrowed from such an institution. This is one such book.

Raised as an only child in the country, pets and the animals in nature fulfilled roles as siblings in my life, and allowed me to acquire a deep understanding of their souls. This book is a collection of twelve accounts from individuals who encountered Buck Brannaman through the
Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't engage my interest. I didn't finish the book. ...more
Stephani Hren
Apr 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just didn't find this book interesting or educating at all. In fact, the whole thing felt like one big advertisement featuring all the people who have had "life-changing" experiences in one of Buck Brannaman's clinics. Not really worth reading. ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Good stories and good lessons from Buck Brannaman. He has great ability to reach horse and rider and to help people see what horses can teach you.
Nicole Provost
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My biggest inspiration

Buck continues to be my biggest guiding light in horsemanship and all other aspects of my life. Thank you, Buck.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book
Kimberly Patton
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a horse person and I think I picked this up at a used book sale. But I honestly loved it. It’s full of stories about how one man changed other people’s and horses’ lives. Very cool.
Geo Hendrick
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is Hope for my son Joey; I believe!
3 stars because I found the narrator for the stories/woman’s voices annoying.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horse
Believe: A Horseman’s Journey is a book by Buck Brannaman and William Reynolds documenting the very interesting horse whispering technique and how it introduces a value system that is good for horses and their human companions.

I re-read this book that I had loaned to a youthful new horse owner. I originally read this ages ago.

Having done horse bonding myself even before I knew what that meant, made this book great as well as a masterfully crafted book. I wanted to pet animals of all types and w
I thought this was all fluff! I really enjoyed reading Buck's first book, The Faraway Horses and really liked Buck the movie. I was looking forward to reading this book and thought since each chapter was about overcoming a specific issue he would talk about how to work through those issues. Instead, it was a series of stories people had written Buck about how great he is and how they helped to changed their lives prefaced by Buck's commentary on the story. There is nothing deep or substantial to ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
To call this book an autobiography is grossly misleading. It isn't about his life at all. It is more about the people who took his seminars to learn about how to bond with their own horses and to fix the problematic ones. This book contained quite a few success stories. His methods worked for them and their horses.

As I started this, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but as the success stories began to roll out, I fell into its stride. I did end u
Elise Widrig
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is not enough good things that I can say about this book. It is heart wrenching and makes me yearn for having the type of relationships that Buck believes is possible for both animals and humans. The ability for kindness to persevere over hatred and pain. Asking versus demanding can achieve so much more in all different types of interactions with anything. Buck is truly a gift. I cannot wait to read his other book, The Faraway Horses, to learn more.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book. Primarily a work describing how treating people is similar to working with horses, but there were some good messages throughout, generally a message to 'believe in yourself'. Part of the book felt like an advertisement for the author's horsemanship clinics. Some good stories throughout. ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buck is such an incredible person and the impact he has had on so many horses and humans is amazing. You don't have to be a "horse" person to enjoy this book, as there are so many life lessons to be learned from the interactions of the human and the horse. ...more
C.J. Darlington
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's a collection of stories people have shared about being impacted by Buck at his clinics. His introductions to the stories themselves were also inspiring. Great for any horse lover, but they're also encouraging for folks in all walks of life. ...more
I truly admire Buck Brannaman and his ability to understand horses. This book is a series of short snapshots from clients that he's helped at clinics and how they were able to work with their horses and, in a lot of cases, improve situations in their lives. Very inspirational. ...more
I listened on audio, and quite enjoyed it. Not sure if everyone would be interested if they had never heard of him before. If you have then you probably want to hear any scraps of insight this man has, and so will be thrilled.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't get enough of Buck Brannaman so I was excited to read this book. Buck writes half the book and the other half are stories from his students in how working with their horses has changed their personal lives. ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't just for those who are looking for insight on working better with their horses--there is great stuff here that applies to getting along with people, including the value of humility and the importance of learning to yield. ...more
What a gem! Love the dual narrators for a truly exceptional audio book version. Fabulous stories by the original "Horse Whisperer". Loved the writing style - Buck's intro to each story, then the perspective of the horse owner. ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buck Brannaman does amazing work and all his books and videos are important. This is a great book for horse people about how relationships with horses teach about life. I enjoyed the individual vignettes.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everrbody
You don't have to be a cowgirl to enjoy this book. But if you treat pets or animals in general with disdain or with the attitude that they are property or employees you might not get it. ...more
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-reading
Wow - lots of life lessons. Looking forward to attending my first Brannaman clinic.
I loved the movie"Buck" and hoped for more insight into the process Brannaman uses in working with horses. Didn't find what I was looking for... ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, biografie
Liked the story, but the book was too "promotional/buy all my other stuff and book a clinic". ...more
Nikki Neiswinter
What can I say, I love Buck. The book was an easy read with lots of great stories. He has definitely found his niche in this world, with horses that is.
Sharon Aubrey
This book was not as good as faraway horses. Its primarily told by people who've attended Buck's clinics. Its not bad but wasn't what I was hoping for. ...more
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A horse trainer and a leading practitioner within the field of natural horsemanship, which is a philosophy of working with horses based on the idea of working with the horse's nature, using an understanding of how horses think and communicate to train the horse to accept humans and work confidently and responsively with them. One of Brannaman's stated goals is to make the animal feel safe and secu ...more

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