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We at TSB are very honored to have been part of the team that brought the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD SET to life. Together with Director Cindy Meehl and Cedar Creek Productions, we immersed ourselves in this remarkable horseman’s world of working with horses and the people who want to be with them. Along the way, you can’t help but notice what a fine orator Brannaman is, and when you randomly pull snippets from his lessons, you find that every thought, even shared in a different venue, in a different state, at a different time, with different students, flows seamlessly into his overarching message. Here, then, find 20 of Buck Brannaman’s best quotes. When you’ve read them all, don’t be surprised if you feel like you learned a little something. Even after hearing them and reading them again and again, we still do.

 

“The essence of preparation is to position your horse to where the one thing that he’s most likely to do is exactly what you had in mind…which makes it a perfect time to ask him.”

2  “The horse needs to respect you, but sometimes people confuse respect and fear. And they’re not the same at all.”

3  “Make sure that every time you take a hold of the horse, you have a point; you have a legitimate reason for doing it rather than it just being accidental or you not being aware.”

4  “When riding, ask yourself, ‘What will my horse get out of this if I get what I want?’ Many times, human nature is to take and to not give anything back.“

5  “It’s just like learning how to dance with another human being. You might think you’re really getting something done when you’ve both mastered the hokey-pokey, but depending on how much you want to dance and your passion for dancing, you’re probably going to work your way through the hokey-pokey and move on to something else.”

6  “I don’t believe in waiting for a horse to do the wrong thing and then punishing him after the fact. You can’t just say ‘No’ to a horse. You have to redirect a negative behavior with a positive one—something that works for both of you. It’s as though you’re saying, ‘Instead of doing that, we can do this…together.’”

7  “Fear has to do with helplessness. The only thing that conquers it is knowledge. When you learn about how a horse thinks and makes decisions, that helplessness goes away.”

8  “I’m just trying to get people to understand horses. You have to be consistent and logical, use your brain, and not be emotional and not lose your temper.”

9  “Feel for the horse. I can’t stress how important this is.”

10  “Respect the fact that he’s thinking, that he’s searching… if he ever found that out about you, he wouldn’t dream of bucking you off.”

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11  “You can be a leader without being intimidating. The horse can be your partner without being your slave. I’m trying to keep the best part of the horse in there. I’m not trying to take anything away from him.”

12  “The horse isn’t so different from us. In order to learn, you have to make mistakes. Then you recalibrate, make a decision, try something different, and try again.”

13  “To me, there’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a horse think…and someone allowing a horse to think.”

14  “The idea with a horse is when you see things going in the wrong direction, then you redirect his mind. You don’t wait for him to get into trouble…you try to keep him out of trouble.”

15  “A lot of people, they want it all to be fuzzy and warm and cosmic, but it’s 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.”

16  “You can be strict, but that doesn’t mean you have to be unfair.”

17  “The horse responds to comfort, they respond to peace better than about anything else you could do. So if the horse responds to you and you give him a little peace and comfort that means more to him than anything.”

18  “Where you end up your ride on a horse is so important. It’s a little bit like when you were young and you were dating—that last two minutes of the date can be a real deal breaker. With these horses it’s the same thing…You got to quit on a good note.”

19  “I’ve always wanted to do the right thing by a horse, that’s never changed, its just that as my knowledge grew I’ve been able to offer the horse a better human being.”

20  “I’m still on the move, I’m getting better because I’m still studying. I still want to be a better horseman.”

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and DVDs, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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Watch Buck Brannaman on RFD-TV for the first time ever!

Watch Buck Brannaman on RFD-TV for the first time ever!

 

TSB is excited to catch the new three-part series about Buck Brannaman on Equestrian Nation, the popular news-magazine-style show, featuring stories about everything horse-related, from different breeds, horsemen, and riding disciplines, to veterinary information, and training and management tips. Equestrian Nation’s exclusive interview will be Buck’s first ever appearance on RFD-TV–the nation’s first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine-related topics, and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment.

 

 

“The three part series is about getting to know who influenced Buck and his opinions on horses and life,” says Dan Weyand, Executive Producer of Equestrian Nation. “This is an in-depth interview where you really get to know him personally. Our production crew traveled to his ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming. We then caught up with him at a clinic in Colorado to finish filming the series.”

Part One of Equestrian Nation’s Buck Brannaman series premiers Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. PDT, with Parts Two and Three airing at the same time April 9 and April 16. Viewers can also watch repeats of each episode following the premiere: Check the RFD-TV schedule for when Equestrian Nation is on in your time zone.

 

You can learn the best of Buck’s horse wisdom shared at seven different clinic locations in the acclaimed 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series, available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

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Check out the feature about Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine

Check out the feature about Cindy Meehl and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine

 

 

Don’t miss “Follow Your Heart, Wherever It Leads,” the feature story in the April issue of the popular Wellington-based equestrian magazine Sidelines. Writer Kayla Starnes details the story behind how BUCK the award-winning documentary came to be made, and how 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN, the seven-disc instructional series, was the follow-up director Cindy Meehl knew had to be made.

“This, to me, is the way training should be done,” Cindy says about 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in the article. “What I put in 7 CLINICS, I believe, will astound people with the results they will get. I don’t care what type of riding you do, Buck’s tools can take you much farther than you ever dreamed.”

Pick up a copy of the April issue!

Pick up a copy of the April issue!

Cindy also shares a little about her current projects, including the forthcoming documentaries Unbranded (about four young men riding mustangs from Mexico to Canada) and Dogs on the Inside (about stray dogs that are retrained for adoption by inmates). Pick up your copy of Sidelines (you can order the issue online by CLICKING HERE) for the scoop.

 

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN and BUCK the documentary are available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is the winner of two Telly Awards! Click the image above to find out more about these excellent instructional DVDs.

7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN is the winner of two Telly Awards! Click the image above to find out more about these excellent instructional DVDs.

 

 

And did you know? Kayla Starnes, writer of the Sidelines feature about Cindy Meehl and her film projects, is the author of TEAM ROPING 101,which is on sale now!

 

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The small town of Winchester, Ontario, Canada, hosted a special screening of Discs 1 & 2 from the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series.

The small town of Winchester, Ontario, Canada, hosted a special screening of Discs 1 & 2 from the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series.

 

One Sunday in early December, just before the holidays took over but when the cold and dark had long since driven people out of the barns, off the trails, and into their homes, horsewoman Claire Griffiths brought her small, rural community together in the Old Town Hall Theatre on Main Street in Winchester, Ontario. Her goal? To offer a horse-friendly educational opportunity to keep people connected and growing as equestrians during the season when few had the means to or venue in which to ride.

 

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“Most of us don’t have indoor facilities that allow us to ride all year, so the saddles are put away once the freeze hits and we hibernate until things start to thaw out,” admits Claire. “As a result, we typically don’t see our horsey neighbors for many months. My hope was to bring our horse community together to learn, socialize, and entertain during an otherwise long and horseless season. 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN was a perfect way to start.

“And we did it! We opened the Old Town Hall Theatre doors and invited guests to watch the 7 CLINICS Discs 1 & 2 (Groundwork). Thirty people sat together and watched these discs from beginning to end. We also sold raffle tickets that benefitted Transistions Thoroughbreds, a local horse rescue, and gave the lucky winner, Joan Shorter, the complete 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN series…I’m still excited and smiling AND planning the next event!”

 

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If you, like Claire, live in a cold, riding-prohibitive region (or anywhere where there are education-hungry horse people, really!) and would like to host your own not-for-profit, public screening of an approved portion of 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in a theater or other public venue, contact Trafalgar Square Books and Cedar Creek Productions with your proposal (rdidier@trafalgarbooks.com).

 

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Templeton Thompson has captured a bit of the holiday magic in her sweet new video.

Templeton Thompson has captured a bit of the holiday magic in her sweet music video.

 

When I was a little girl with horses of my own at home, I’d wake up early on Christmas morning and heat hot water, chop carrots, and mix in bran, grain, and molasses for a warm and sweet holiday mash I knew my pals down in the cold barn would love. The smell was intoxicating. I’d load my pockets with apples and pieces of candy cane and carry the buckets across the frozen field to where my “herd” waited. Their nickers were audible long before I reached the door…they could hear my boots crunching through the snow.

 

Templeton's Quarter Horses Jane and Beau sure are lucky!

Templeton’s Quarter Horses Jane and Beau sure are lucky!

 

I miss those moments, some of the best holiday memories I have…and they always happened before presents, before cinnamon rolls and pastries and cookies and turkey-emblazoned feasts. It’s good to have a herd of your own, a little snow, and warm bran mash on cold dark mornings.

Templeton Thompson has captured this magic in her delightful “Happy Yee-Halidays” music video. Take a few minutes to check it out!

 

Templeton’s SONGS FROM 7 CLINICS CD is part of the TSB ULTIMATE BUCK GIFT PAK, which also includes BUCK the award-winning documentary, the complete 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series, and a BUCK tote bag! Order yours by Tuesday, December 17, 2013, and you’ll get FREE SHIPPING in the US in time for Christmas!

 

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THANK YOU

 

Each year around this time, we ask some of our authors to share what they are thankful for, and it is always a fine reminder to open our hearts and minds to all that surrounds us, and greet each day—and the people and animals in it—with a smile.

 

“What I love about horses is understanding their minds, and through their minds, learning to understand how they move. The mind and the feet have always been connected. And when you are in tune with these you find yourself becoming one with the horse, with your mental and physical energies coming together. This is when you truly feel ‘freedom,’ and it is something I am very thankful for.” Marry Morrow, Horse Trainer and Co-Author of KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE

 

“I have so much to be thankful for it is hard to narrow it down, especially in the wake of the tornadoes that recently ripped through my home state. The town just 12 miles south had major damage and many homes are just gone—I am thankful that my family is okay and that in all the nearby devastation, not one life was lost.

“On a more basic level, I am thankful for my family, friends, health, and of course my animals, and the freedom to worship in the church of my choice without persecution. For a beautiful spring morning with birds singing, bright sunshine and green grass and a wonderful horse to ride through it all. My blessings are truly too numerous to list.”  Eunice Rush, Co-Author of KNOW YOU, KNOW YOUR HORSE

 

“I am thankful for the 16 years I got to spend with my incredible dogs, Max and Luna. I lost them both within a few weeks of each other this past month. It broke my heart to lose them, but I am so grateful and honored that they shared their lives with me. The joy they brought is beyond measure. Thank you Max and Luna ~ you are forever in my heart!” Cindy Meehl, Director of BUCK the Documentary and 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN

 

“I am eternally grateful to Caroline Robbins and Martha Cook from Trafalgar Square Books for 20 years of creating my books to share with horse and companion animal lovers. And for the gift of having TSB senior editor, Rebecca Didier, as my co-author on my 20th and one of my most prized books yet, DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL. My thanks to Trafalgar for all the years of support and encouragement of my work.

“And I am thankful for my husband, Roland Kleger, and my family and friends, and all the people and their horses and dogs that I have had the good fortune to meet and share Tellington TTouch with this year—in trainings, on FaceBook, on YouTube, and on my blog. May the support from your Guardian Angels continue to bless your lives.”  Linda Tellington-Jones, Creator of the Tellington Method and Author of DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL and THE ULTIMATE HORSE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING BOOK

 

We are thankful to live and work in a beautiful place--- Trafalgar Square Farm.

We are thankful to live and work in a beautiful place— Trafalgar Square Farm.

 

“I am thankful first for my good health. Being healthy is something no one should take for granted. I am also thankful for my wonderful supportive husband, who always has a good sense of humor about my horsie adventures!”  Janet Foy, FEI/USEF Dressage Judge and Author of DRESSAGE FOR THE NOT-SO-PERFECT HORSE

 

“I am thankful that my recent major surgery was successful and is behind me. I look forward to hitting the trails soon.” Linda Snow McLoon, Author of CROWN PRINCE and CROWN PRINCE CHALLENGED

 

“I have a lot in my life to be thankful for. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of my parents. They instilled in me the work ethic and determination that have made it possible to live my dream. I’m thankful for my loyal and talented team that allows me to share my horse training method with the world and for all the horse lovers out there who are committed to becoming better horsemen.” Clinton Anderson, Trainer, Clinician, and Author of PHILOSOPHY, LESSONS WELL LEARNED, and DOWNUNDER HORSEMANSHIP

 

“I am very thankful for the small things life has to offer and thankful for any opportunity to be a positive influence for others. If you’ve made someone smile, or laugh, or feel good about themselves, then you’ve had a successful day.” Kerry Thomas, Pioneering Researcher and Co-Author of HORSE PROFILING

 

“I’m thankful that my family, students, and publisher encourage me to believe in myself and write my new book PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING.”  Daniel Stewart, Coach, Sport Psychologist, and Author of PRESSURE PROOF YOUR RIDING

 

And finally, a Thanksgiving poem from writer Laura Chester, author of RIDING BARRANCA:

I’m thankful for my health

despite unhealthy ways.

I’m thankful for my horses

who are thankful for their hay.

Thankful for my new book

“May it be read by all,” she prays.

I’m thankful for my children,

who still light up my days.

Grateful for this life we share

in tranquility and blaze.

 

We wish all safe travel and a very happy Thanksgiving.

—The TSB Staff

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Television and radio personality Rick Lamb discusses the teachings of Tom Dorrance and what they mean to him in his book HUMAN TO HORSEMAN.

Television and radio personality Rick Lamb discusses the teachings of Tom Dorrance and what they mean to him in his book HUMAN TO HORSEMAN.

“It was shortly after I started my radio show that I began hearing the name Tom Dorrance,” writes television and radio personality Rick Lamb in his book HUMAN TO HORSEMAN. “It was always spoken with reverence…Some people spoke of knowing him personally, others of be­ing at clinics with him, and others still of the principles he espoused.”

The world lost Tom Dorrance in 2003, but renowned horseman Buck Brannaman has helped keep the lessons Tom shared alive, teaching an approach to training and riding horses that he learned from spending years following and learning from Tom, and Ray Hunt, as well. We now benefit from the wisdom Buck shares on the road, and as you’ll see below, much of Buck’s philosophy mirrors Tom’s own message.

“There are a group of observations and suggestions attributed to Tom Dorrance that, even on first reading, were immensely valuable to me,” says Rick Lamb. “What he did was give us things to think about that help on the journey.”

Here are Nine Nuggets of Horse Wisdom attributed to Tom Dorrance that, thanks in part to Buck Brannaman and other horsemen who learned from Tom and continue to share his teachings, are now an important part of every rider and trainer’s evolution—whatever their discipline, whatever their sport, whatever their age or geographic location.

After all, wherever he is and whatever it is he may be doing while there, a horse is still a horse.

Included are Rick Lamb’s comments and astute explanations of what he feels these lessons mean and how they can help us on our journey to become better horsemen. (You can read more about the famous trainers and clinicians with whom Rick has worked in his book HUMAN TO HORSEMAN.)

 

1  Observe, remember, and compare.

“To me, Tom is saying you have to be mentally engaged when work­ing with horses,” says Rick. “You need to be focused on what’s going on and apply mental energy as well as physical energy to the process. Every experience you have will add to your understanding, but you need to think about it.”

 

2  Make the wrong things difficult and the right things easy. Let your idea become the horse’s idea.

This is Tom’s straightforward way of describing the secret to all animal training, what behaviorists call Operant Conditioning,” explains Rick. “De­sirable behaviors (right things) are rewarded (made easy) and un­desirable behaviors (wrong things) are punished (made difficult). Regardless of the words you use, you are setting up a situation and allowing the horse to choose his own outcome. A horse learns very quickly to choose things that give him the best outcome, which is what you wanted all along.”

 

3  Be as gentle as possible and as firm as necessary.

“It is in this, perhaps the most defining of Tom’s ideas, that the con­cept of justice is seen,” says Rick. “An analogy that comes to mind is what it takes to boil water. At sea level, water boils at 212 degrees Fahren­heit. That is the minimum amount of heat that it takes to get the job done. Water will also boil at 213 or 214 or 215, but that is more heat than necessary. Water will not boil at 211 or 210. That doesn’t get the job done. Justice where a horse is concerned is the commit­ment to using the least amount of heat (pressure) necessary to get the job done.

“This is also probably the most misunderstood principle in natu­ral horsemanship because many people only see the gentle part,” Rick continues. “It feels good to be gentle to a horse, but closing your eyes to the necessity of being assertive and strong at times is foolish and naïve. The horse is more comfortable—in human terms, happier—with a competent leader in charge.”

 

4  The slower you do it the quicker you’ll find it.

“This means a couple of related things to me,” says Rick. “One, practicing any­thing slowly is the way to master it. Speed comes naturally. Two, when things aren’t going well, you may be going too fast for the horse, he can’t process it that quickly, or the quality of your presen­tation is suffering because you are racing through it. Slowing down allows you to be better and the horse to keep up with what you’re asking him to do.”

 

5  Feel what the horse is feeling and operate from where the horse is.

“This is nothing more or less than empathy, imagining what another creature, man or beast, must be feeling at a given moment,” Rick explains. “Putting yourself in the horse’s place is not only the moral high ground, it also helps you see solutions you wouldn’t otherwise see. Can you really know what it’s like to be a horse? Not really. But as a hu­man, you have the ability to think in the abstract, to imagine what it might be like and that gets you close enough.”

 

6  Do less to get more.

“This is perhaps the most counter-intuitive of Tom’s prescriptions, yet I’ve seen it proven over and over again,” admits Rick. “The horse’s survival instinct is strong, and it is so near the surface in many horses, that it interferes with them learning. Backing off, turning down the pressure, doing less in whatever form it takes, allows the horse’s preoccupation with his own survival to lessen and his thinking to increase. Just as with the slowing-down suggestion, doing less may also improve the quality and accuracy of your performance, as well.”

 

7  Take the time it takes.

“Just as the horse is preoccupied with survival, the human is preoc­cupied with time,” says Rick. “When you are worried about the amount of time a task takes, your body telegraphs it loudly and clearly to the horse. Rather than speeding up the process, worrying about time inevi­tably slows it down because it worries the horse, too. Conversely, letting things unfold at their own rate usually makes them go faster because the horse does not become worried about his safety.”

 

8  The horse has a need for self-preservation in mind, body, and spirit.

“This goes to the essential nature of the horse, the nature that the horseman tries to use instead of fight,” Rick explains. “But it speaks to more than physical self-preservation; Tom invites us to think of the horse as a complex creature whose mind and spirit must be preserved and protected just as his body is.”

 

9  The horse is never wrong.

“This last point is wonderfully rich. If you accept this premise—that the horse is never wrong—then you must ask yourself about the real na­ture of your journey from human to horseman,” says Rick. ” The horse doesn’t need changing, so it can’t be about training horses. The journey from human to horseman can only be about one thing: changing ourselves. It is a course in self-improvement for human be­ings. At the individual level, it makes humans more effective with horses and with people. At the macro level, it has implications for all mankind. By molding a new, more fully realized human being, we improve the lot of our species and our planet.”

 

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