Has anyone else had a chance to see Cindy Meehl's documentary film "Buck" about Buck Brannaman? I took the day off yesterday and drove to Durham to watch it at a documenatry film festival. Found it to be a very real and honest portrayal of who and what Buck is, also just a very moving and visually beautiful film.
We get into these so-called natural horsemanship trainwrecks here and it's often clear that many people have not had a chance to watch Buck ride and work. He's not the publicity hound that the marketeers are, he's busy doing the work in the real world. This film is a chance for people to see what he's about in the absence of the opportunity to attend one of his clinics, including watching some really fine examples of what might legitimately be called western dressage.
As an interesting aside, the film festival had "Buck" paired with a short subject film from Italy about a guy who directs massive cranes that move and dissect huge chunks of marble from quarries. This one guy stands on the edge of a truly ginormous piece of rock, and with subtle hand signals, directs the crane operators exactly where to nudge this cut piece of marble that must weigh tons of tons, and they manage to drop it intact onto a bed of rubble that keeps it from shattering. A very interesting and thought-provoking juxtaposition of themes about handling nature with exceptional feel.
Last edited by monstrpony; Apr. 17, 2011 at 08:44 AM.
"One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine
just do not ever call Buck or his methods, nor TomD or RayH "horse whisperers" or "natural horsemanship."
NH is Parelli. Buck used to go on at lenght in his clinics as to why NH is not natural not nothing. Pat P. once studied with Ray Hunt, but went on on his own, for some good stuff and some bad stuff and excellent marketing (I hate the marketing from day one.)
Buck Brannaman has nothing in common with poorly defined, sloppy, means whatever, "natural horsemanship."