Friday, October 11, 2013

The Real Horse Whisperer

Remember the book The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans?  Okay, there was also a little movie made with Robert Redford.  Anyway, the titular character was a man who used compassionate techniques to help troubled horses and people.  While this book was fiction, the main character was based on a very real person:  Buck Brannaman, internationally known for his natural training methods which are designed to create a strong bond between horse and rider. Brannaman is also known for his traditional cowboy skills, such as roping. He spends much of his time traveling to present clinics on horsemanship and to serve as a motivational speaker.

Brannaman is the author of several books, including The Faraway Horses which is part biography, part philosophy and part equine training manual. It also is the basis for an award-winning documentary film called “Buck.”  Main owns a copy of this title as well as his book Ranch Roping:  The Complete Guide to a Classic Cowboy Skill.

Recently one of our patrons attended one of Brannaman’s personal appearances and got both books autographed for us.  Check them out!


  1. I got to RIDE with him! Woohoo! Oh, I learned so much! And when I asked him to autograph library books, he wanted to make sure it was ok! Thanks to the library not only for having these books on hand, but for being willing to get for me, over the months running up to the clinic in September, both of the Dorrance brothers' books. Although I don't think we ever found Ray Hunt's book.

  2. You're welcome! We've put in a request to purchase Ray Hunt's book. Thanks for being a great patron and for reading our blog!