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Friday, June 17, 2011


If you love horses, and riding horses, you'll be in heaven watching this documentary about Buck Brannaman, a unique and wonderful human being who teaches people how to get the most out of their relationships with these beautiful, intelligent animals.  Even I, being a non-rider, with no personal interest in horses, found this film a wonderful experience -- and of course, developed a great admiration and appreciation for Buck, who, despite a horrible childhood turned out to be (made the decision to be!)a kind, compassionate and truly loving and lovable man. There is some great footage of Robert Redford talking about his discovery of Buck when Redford was making his movie, "The Horse Whisperer."  Directed by Cindy Meehl, and listing eight (yes, eight!)  Producers of various areas, the photography was superb. You get to see Buck's wife and daughters, as well as pictures from his childhood, when he and his older brother were featured as trick ropers. I don't remember the exact quote, but Buck's philosophy (which works beautiuflly when applied) is that problems are usually not with the horse, but with the people.  He says that the horse's behavior is a reflection of the owner's problems. "Buck" deserves FOUR STARS

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