Buck – The Real Horse Whisper – Roundtable Interview.

27 06 2011

This year’s Sundance Audience Award Winner highlights the incredible virtues possessed by one Buck Brannaman.

From the documentary’s website –

“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems.

BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life “horse-whisperer”, he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.

Photo by PSD’s Derrick T. Williams.

Our roundtable discussion started with Buck’s successful showing at the Sundance film festival.

I asked BUCK about how he first met Cindy Meehl the Director of the documentary.

In the film we see how Buck’s father profoundly scarred a young Buck and his older brother Smokey.  The film though shows how women in Buck’s life have played such an incredible role and how his foster mother especially changed everything.  It’s no wonder then what scenes Buck would cherish the most from this documentary about his extraordinary life.

Buck talked about how it was watching those scenes with Betsy Shirley that he learned how to deal with Q & A’s and also he brought up the greatness of Eddie Vedder!

I asked Buck about his daughter.

Buck talked about his one major injury he’s gotten from riding.

Wait a minute – Buck gets stomped on by 3 of the 4 legs of a 1500 mammoth horse and he just needs a little break.  Well that aint nothing.  BUCK GOT BACK ON THAT HORSE…RIGHT AFTERWARDS !!!

But Buck’s real troubles from that trampling wouldn’t come about for a little while.

Photo by PSD’s Derrick T. Williams.

Buck talked about the men who would change the way in which you train a horse.  Their contribution would lead to the most drastic change in the mindset of horse training ever and it all happened right before Buck’s eyes.

Buck was kind enough to talk about his final conversation with his mentor and a true father figure, Ray Hunt.

I asked Buck about his brother, Smokey.

Photo by PSD’s Derrick T. Williams.

This film will change your whole perception on Cowboys, Horse Training and parenting/raising kids or animals.

Buck the Film’s FB page, here.




One response

29 12 2011
“These Go To Eleven!”, PSD’s Best Films of 2011. « Pearl Snap Discount

[…] Simply the most heartwarming film of 2011.  Minus the Horse Whisper elements, the sheer guts and intelligence Buck Brannaman showcased in wanting to “train” horses in a less violent manner should be a lesson for all of mankind.  Buck is a really amazing man. […]

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