Horse whisperer comes to Bozeman
Updated On: Feb 17 2014 08:33:10 PM MST
People packed Montana State University's Bob Miller Pavilion Monday to see legendary horseman Buck Brannaman work his magic.
He said, "You're trying to kind of work with the horse in a way that it's congruent with his nature.
Brannaman hosted a clinic on horse training, or as he calls it, "colt-starting".
He is a world-renowned horse trainer and well known as one of the inspirations behind the 1998 film "The Horse Whisperer."
Brannaman continues, "Rather than sort of forcing the horse to do a certain thing, you set things up in a way that you allow your idea to become his."
Brannaman tells us he teaches by respecting a horse's natural instincts. And explained that passion is required for his line of work. "To me it's the best job in the world. In my job nobody loses."
Over the course of the 3-hour clinic, Brannaman shared that passion and his respect. "I can help people to be successful and get along better and i can help horses."
Carly Strutz is one of the students who came out to see Brannaman.
She tells us, "It was a really good opportunity and I'm happy I could be a part of it."
Strutz is one of the MSU students the class was designed to help. We asked her what she'll take away from today's lesson.
"You really just have to be so precise on what you do, so you're releasing at the right point and you're giving at the right point, so your horse understands you as well as you understand them," she said.
Brannaman gave final advice to both students and anyone interested in horsemanship, urging them to always get back on the saddle.
He shares, "You might miss out on a chance to enjoy what would be a great passion all your life. but you get hurt, you get scared and then you don't want to do it."