Centering Your Horse with Buck Brannaman

What I am looking for when I am riding a horse of any level, a green colt or an experienced bridle horse, is for him to stay centered underneath me. When I’m riding, I draw an imaginary rectangle around my horse; there is a line in front of his nose, one on each side of […]

Branding Etiquette

With Buck Brannaman This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.4 There are many unspoken rules to the tradition of gathering and branding calves at seasonal spring brandings. Horseman Buck Brannaman offers some suggestions to help keep everyone safe and your horse and cattle happy. Gathering Riding in ahead of the boss is disrespectful.  When you […]

Dance Class 101 with Buck Brannaman

Story and photos by Emily Kitching,  This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.2 The analogy of the dance is one that is commonly used to describe the movement in partnership and rhythm between horse and rider. It is an ideal that is worth trying to achieve because it connotes beauty, good timing and […]

Getting Off On The Right Foot

With Buck Brannaman photos by Emily Kitching This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.1 “By working on driving your horse past you and changing directions, you will establish influence over your horse’s feet. If you can gain some from the end of the halter rope when you are on the ground, then you’ve got […]

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