Buck Review in Australia’s theage.com

Buck is about so much more than horses, writes JIM SCHEMBRI

Softly spoken horse trainer Buck Brannaman is the quietly compelling subject of this lyrical, visually beautiful documentary by Cindy Meehl. She spent more than two years following Buck and capturing what goes on his “clinics”, which are as much about training people as they are about horses. Buck is big on seeing animals as reflections of the people who own them, so his attention is often on issues of earning respect and authority through firmness rather than demanding obedience through harshness. His background as an abused child provides a powerful insight into his strength of character and the love he has for the foster mother who helped save him. The extraordinary sequence with the crazy horse illustrates Buck’s belief that animal behaviour tends to reflect the humans who own them.

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