"Others have falsely claimed to be the inspiration
for Tom Booker in 'The Horse Whisperer.' The one who truly
inspired me was Buck Brannaman. His skill, understanding
and his gentle, loving heart have parted the clouds for
countless troubled creatures. Buck is the Zen master of
the horse world."
of The Horse Whisperer
Buck Brannaman eats double whoppers with cheese. He likes his
coffee black. He says he like two kinds of music - that'd be
country and western - and he likes to joke around. On the
surface that places him squarely in the category of being a
"regular guy." But he isn't.
the lanky cowboy from Sheridan, Wyoming, is widely recognized as
a top horseman by the best in the business. No ordinary
horseman, Brannamanís work departs radically from traditional
methods for "breaking" a horse - relying instead on
techniques that turn frightened horses into friends.
was the basis for the character Tom Booker, the central figure
in Nicholas Evans' best-selling novel The Horse Whisperer and
the film version, directed by Robert Redford. In the motion
picture, Redford stars as Booker, the cowboy who heals a
fear-crazed horse along with the mother and daughter who bring
the animal to him.
work with horses, as it turns out, also served to rescue him
from a troubled past. Brannaman himself was an abused child: the
compassion and empathy he has brought to training horses has
helped him deal with a history of conflict and violence. In the
end, says Buck Brannaman, listening to the horse is everything.
"I've run across some people I don't like," he says,
"but not a horse. I'm the horse's friend."
isnít necessary to own a horse or go to a three-day clinic to
get the drift of Brannamanís message. His presentations and
one-night demonstrations are exciting, information-packed for
people who arenít used to seeing a troubled horse work through
its problems and resolve its distress in an hour or two.
Buck is also a
husband and a father, a trick roper (he holds two titles in the
Guinness Book of World's Records) and since the mid-80's, he's
crisscrossed the country dozens of times to address the plight
of horse owners and their misunderstood mounts. To many people,
Brannaman is a mix of mentor, living legend and folk hero.
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