Synopsis: An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Cindy Meehl
Production: IFC Films
  10 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

[Wind howling]

[Rustic acoustic guitar music]

How you doing there, buddy?

See, that feels good,

doesn't it, huh?

All right, well,

I'm off to the office.

To start off,

are there any of you

that have

any particular problems

you'd like to tell me about?

Don't be bashful.

You're among friends.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Let him be,

'cause he's learning

how to kind of settle in

with you.

A lot of times,

rather than helping people

with horse problems,

I'm helping horses

with people problems.

And for a lot of people,

they want it all to be fuzzy

and warm and cosmic,

but it is no different

with a horse than with a kid.

You can't always be

the kid's best friend.

First you have to be the parent.

A horse like this

isn't any different

than a kid that takes

everybody's milk money

on the way to school,

beats up old people.

Maybe it isn't the kid's fault.

Maybe the parent

ought to be in jail.

Boy, do you feel like a fool

and kind of like a failure.

- You know?

- Aw, it's all right.

People bring a lot of baggage

to the table

when they come to these.

Sometimes they're here

for a different reason

other than just

getting to where

they can ride their horse

a little bit better.

If you find a way

to fit this thing right here,

it'll make you better.

It'll make you better in areas

that you didn't think

related to horses.

Good job, buddy.

Horses are my life,

and because of some

of the things

I've been through as a kid,

I found some safety

and some companionship

in the horses.

I was just looking for kind of

a peaceful place to be

where I wasn't threatened,

where my life wasn't threatened.

So I have an empathy for horses

that when something

is scared for their life,

I understand that.

He's a pretty nice horse,

six years old.

Making some good progress,


Just a youngster,

just telling him...

I want him to be aware of me.

If I slow down,

I want him to slow down.

See, if I go like this...

I have to practice

my old man walk.

So when I'm really old,

it might take me an hour

to get over there.

He ought to be able

to just go with me,

as slow as I want to go,

and not crowd me.

Might be a little slower

than what he'd like to go.

If I stop, he ought to stop.

If I go back,

he ought to go back,

and I ought not to have

to beg him.

Right now, I walk

at a little faster pace,

but I'm always testing him

to see if he's with me.

When I first seen him,

I thought,

"What kind of voodoo stuff

is this, you know?

How are you getting this done,

you know?"

He walks into a round pen.

In five minutes, he's got

a horse following him around

like a dog.

He and I go together.

Most of us have

a bag of tricks,

and Buck has an arsenal.

Hey, boys.


Hello, how you doing?

- Good.

- Good.

Colt starting

is always interesting

because most of the youngsters

have never been saddled,

never had anyone on their back

or a bit in their mouth.

So there is a lot of fear

in both the horse and the human.

The way I do these colt classes,

you guys,

you'll have to get them exposed

to a lot of things

that seem perfectly normal

to you,

but it doesn't seem normal

to the horse.

You walk up to them smelling

like a Big Mac, you know,

or something...

[horse neighing]

Your diet is gonna make you

smell different to the horse,

and then you're gonna

tell the horse,

"Don't worry.

I want to crawl on you..."


In a similar posture

to how a lion would attack

and kill a horse.

They jump right up

in the middle of them,

and they reach

their front claws around,

and as they're biting down

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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