An interview with Buck Brannaman

Buck Brannaman needs little introduction. A gifted teacher and horseman, we were lucky enough to have him visit with us again in June, at Aintree International Arena. Riders of all ages, on a variety of horses, spent three days learning from Buck, in what can only be considered horsemanship nirvana. I was fortunate enough to spend some time talking with Buck after the first day of the clinic. Candid, warm and humble, Buck shares his thoughts with me about life and horses.

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Changing eyes

When I asked Buck about these things, he brought up changing eyes. Throughout the weekend Buck mentioned changing eyes several times. Horse’s eyes being located on the sides of their head means that they cannot see in the area immediately behind or in front of them. Buck reminded us of the groundwork exercises done at the haltering stage before we ride, and that changing eyes should be addressed before we ever try and ride the horse.

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