Buck Brannaman Quotes

The Houlihan Series

Wild Wild Rags


·       The Horse is a mirror to your soul; sometimes you will like what you see, sometimes you won’t.

·       Timing is everything.

·       Be particular, don’t be picky.

·       Release!

·       Gentle in what you do, firm in how you do it.

·       Horses and life, it’s all the same to me.

·       It’s all about the quality of communication, not the quantity.

·       Your other left!

·       Everything you do with a horse is a dance.

·       Bribery doesn’t work with horses.

·       Solutions to problems often come from knowing when to ask for help.

·       Release!

·       Horses are incredibly forgiving, they fill in places we are not capable of filling ourselves.  

·       Every turn begins with a reach. 

·       If you can’t get it done at the lope, get it done at the trot. If you can’t get it done at the trot, get it done at the walk.

·       The horse is a great equalizer, he doesn’t care how good looking you are, or how rich you are, or how powerful you are; he takes you for how you make him feel.

·       Working with horses is like being married, sometimes you need to adjust and change your plan. 

·       Horses and life, it’s all the same to me.

·       Anytime you are with a horse, no matter if you are a daily rider or one who just gets a chance to ride to the mailbox; you are interacting with your horse.

·       Doing something right with your horse once in a while will far surpass anything done wrong more often.

·       Release!

·       I started to realize that things would come much easier for me once I learned why a horse does what he does.

·       There are no problem horses, only problem riders.

·       Whether its horses or whatever you do, it doesn’t become an art until your soul goes into what you do.

·       On a horse, there, there is a perfect position of balance that takes no energy from the horse.

·       The important thing is to make sure the last word you have with the horse is good for both of you. 

·       Release!

·       One of the biggest challenges for a horseman is to be able to learn how to control his emotions.

·       Horses aren’t lazy and they’re not greedy and they’re not jealous and they’re not spiteful and they’re not hateful.

·       Give the horse a job. Learn how to build on a horse’s pride.

·       Release!

·       Whether one is going to have a horse, a dog, or a child, with that comes a great responsibility to raise them.

·       Horses saved my life, so that’s while I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to help them.

·       Release!

·       The horse responds to comfort, they respond to peace better than about anything else you could do.

·       I still want to be a better horseman.  

·       The absolute pure honesty of the horse, man that’s just the greatest thing there is.

·       Discipline isn’t a dirty word.

·       Nobody ever fixed a problem horse by pulling on two reins.

·       Release! If a horse is dull to the leg, he will never be light to the hand.

·       When you find that the horse is compelled and interested in you, something in you changes.

·       Most people don’t realize how many times you have to pick up a soft feel to make a good horse.

·       The road may bend out of sight at times, but I know what lies ahead; the faraway horses.”  

Buck Brannaman