The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America’s Most Renowned Horsemen, by Buck BrannamanRead about another entry on the list.
First of all, if you have not seen Buck, the 2011 documentary film about legendary horseman, Buck Brannaman, you need to get that done before the Horse Person Police come and take your Horse Lover ID card away. Once you’ve been reduced to a laughing, crying, cheering mess by the film, you’ll need no convincing to pick up this book. If you’ve been around horses and horse folk long enough, you know there are mere mortals who love horses and do our best to learn their ways, and there are those people who making riding look more natural than walking. These are the folks who seem more at ease at a bareback canter than in a rocking chair. Buck Brannaman is one of those folks, and he will convince you that you can be one, too. Buck’s strength is in breaking down what appears to be an innate gift into a concrete set of skills, and helping us translate our convoluted human commands into a kind-yet-assertive language readily understandable by our equine companions. With Buck’s help, prepare to be amazed, prepare to be inspired, and prepare to be a much, much better rider.
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